New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge made history against the Texas Rangers when he belted his 62nd homer last year. The Rangers are making certain that accomplishment lives on at Globe Life Field.
The Rangers have installed a plaque at the stadium, making the location where Judge’s milestone blast landed. That marker will have a place of honour in the stadium, at least until the next ballpark is built and Globe Life Field is a memory.
New York Yankees star Aaron Judge honoured on the road
Judge certainly deserved all of the accolades and honours he received last year. His 62 homers established a new American League record while he became the first member of the 60 homer club that does not have a degree of controversy surrounding his accomplishments since 1961. He deserved the AL MVP award, Silver Slugger, and every other honour that he received for that 2022 campaign.
However, it does not quite make sense for the Rangers to commemorate that moment. Yes, it was a historic accomplishment, but it was not done by one of their players. Jesus Tinoco certainly played a major part in history being made, but it is not as though his is a place that one wants to be remembered for. It would be the equivalent of the Dodgers putting a plaque commemorating Fernando Tatis Sr. belting two grand slams in the same inning.
Maybe it is a matter of taking what they can get. The Rangers have been to the World Series twice but have failed to land the ultimate prize. There have been some great players and great moments, with Nolan Ryan making history several times in a Rangers’ uniform. But that does not mean that they need to commemorate those moments by other teams.
The Texas Rangers have honoured New York Yankees slugger with a plaque where his 62nd homer landed. That commemoration was unnecessary.