Roger Maris’ children aren’t exactly sure what they feel.
With Aaron Judge hitting 60 home runs on the season — tying Babe Ruth’s record at one time, and shy of Maris’ American League, and steroid-free, single-season record — the Maris kids were at Yankee Stadium Thursday night to take over. in the team’s 5-4 win over the Red Sox in 10 innings.
And what is inevitable lately, Judge tying their father’s 61-year-old record.
“It’s mixed emotions,” Maris’ son, Roger Jr., said on the Fox broadcast before the game. “We want to see Aaron do really well. We want to see him have a big night hopefully tonight, and a big night the rest of the week and finish the year strong.
“Again, we like the record, we’re proud of the record, but I think it’s kind of inevitable, he’s probably going to break it at this point the way he’s hitting the ball, the way he’s hit the ball the last couple. of weeks. We’re not expecting the record at the end of the year, but congratulations to Aaron on the year he’s had and I certainly wish him the best of luck.”
Maris, who died in 1985, shares some similarities with the Judge in her public spirit.
All about Aaron Judge and his pursuit of the home run record:
And if he had to look at the Judge, he would have the same attitude as he overtakes New York right now.
“Judge loved it,” Roger Jr. said. “I don’t know how much you know about dad, but if you look at both of them and you go back to dad’s career, and you go to the Judge’s profession, and their behavior, and the way they handled the press. and the way they do different things. They’re just low-key guys. First team people, all about winning, all about doing everything right. Coming to the game well prepared, wanting to win games and wanting to win championships. I think he’d love to watch Aaron do what he’s doing.”
One of Maris’ other sons, Kevin, was asked how they wanted their father to be remembered, now that he no longer holds the AL record for homers in a season.
“The nice thing about it, it’s going to be remembered as being tied to Judge, and Babe Ruth,” Kevin said. “And those are two of the greatest ballplayers to play.”