Aaron Judge on the Astros in 2020: “You cheated and you didn’t earn it”

New York Yankees v Toronto Blue JaysAaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees smiles during a post-game interview after hitting his 61st home run of the season in the seventh inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on September 28, 2022 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Judge has now tied Roger Maris for the American League record.

New York Yankees star Aaron Judge did not mince any words while addressing the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal back in 2020.

“I just don’t think it holds any value. You cheated and you didn’t earn it” – Aaron Judge on the Astros World Series title (via @snyyankees)” – CBS Sports HQ, Twitter

His opinion was of great public interest because his team, the Yankees, had been eliminated from the playoffs twice in the previous three seasons by the Astros. He finished second to Astros second baseman Jose Altuve in the 2017 AL MVP vote to add salt to his wounds.

Judge said he was “sick to my stomach” upon learning about the scandal. He added that the Astros cheated the game and deserved all the hate that came their way.

“I just don’t think it holds any value with me. You cheated and you didn’t earn it,” the New York Yankees outfielder said. “It wasn’t earned the way of playing the game right and fighting to the end.
“The biggest thing about competition is laying it all out on the line, and whoever’s the better player, better person, comes out on top. And to know that another team had an advantage — nothing that you can really guard against — I just don’t feel like that’s earned.”

Judge also took down a post congratulating Jose Altuve on the MVP win in the aftermath of the revelation because he felt “it didn’t really mean the same.”

“In 2017, Aaron Judge tweeted out his congratulations to Jose Altuve for winning the MVP over him. That tweet has since been deleted #Yankees” – Josh Callaway, Twitter.

Looking back at Aaron Judge’s 2017 season in MLB

Judge was named an All-Star in 2017 and won the Home Run Derby. He was the first rookie to do so.

He hit 52 home runs, breaking Mark McGwire’s MLB rookie record of 49 and Joe DiMaggio’s Yankee rookie record of 29.

He became the second rookie to hit 30 home runs before the All-Star break and the first Yankee to do so since Alex Rodriguez in 2007. Before the All-Star break, Judge hit .329 with 30 home runs and 66 RBIs.

“2017 postseason #notdoneyet” – Aaron Judge, 2017

Judge finished the 2017 season leading the AL in home runs, runs scored, and walks. Second in league RBIs, he also struck out an MLB-leading 208 times.