When Aaron Decide hit his sixtieth homer of the season on Sept. 20 to tie Babe Ruth’s magic quantity, it appeared Decide would match Roger Maris’ No. 61 at any minute.
As an alternative, it took eight extra video games, and two international locations, together with Decide enduring his second-longest residence run drought of the year- earlier than the slugger lastly tied the American League and franchise document on Wednesday evening.
Decide’s historic smash in Toronto got here in opposition to the Blue Jays’ Tim Mayza on a 3-2 pitch within the prime of the seventh inning.
The 2-run shot put the Yankees in entrance, 5-3.
Subsequent up will likely be topping Maris’ document, which many take into account to be the official single-season residence run document resulting from Barry Bonds’ PED ties.
The final participant to hit as many residence runs as Decide had earlier than Wednesday evening was his present teammate, Giancarlo Stanton, who had 59 throughout his Nationwide League MVP season of 2017 with the Marlins.
And whereas Stanton got here up simply shy of 60, nothing has slowed down Decide in 2022.
It was a season that started with Decide turning down the Yankees’ seven-year, $213.5 million extension on Opening Day, because the outfielder guess on himself and determined to go towards free company.
His first homer of the season got here off Toronto’s Jose Berrios on April 13 and Decide didn’t hit one other till he went deep twice on April 22 in opposition to the Guardians.
Every little thing to find out about Aaron Decide and his chase for the house run document:
However he picked up the tempo on the finish of April, when he hit 4 in 5 video games after which homered 10 instances in 11 video games from July 21 to Aug. 1
Throughout that stretch, Decide additionally smacked the two hundredth homer of his profession on July 30 off Jonathan Heasley of the Royals.
He obtained to 50 on Aug. 29 and set a career-high along with his 53rd on Sept. 4.
All through this historic season, Decide has steadfastly mentioned he’s not within the variety of homers he hits, conserving his give attention to what number of wins the Yankees have.
Now that he’s on the doorstep of historical past, that focus will likely be examined much more, as he seems to snap Maris’ document 61 years after it was set.
Decide has managed to get right here with little or no safety within the Yankees lineup within the second half, because the staff has been decimated by accidents. Anthony Rizzo, DJ LeMahieu, Giancarlo Stanton, Matt Carpenter and Andrew Benintendi all lacking time on the IL, whereas Decide has barely missed a beat.
And whereas Aaron Boone appeared to offer Decide off days at numerous factors earlier within the season, when the Yankees obtained off to their traditionally good begin, the supervisor hasn’t been in a position to try this currently because of the shrinking lead within the AL East, in addition to the absence of different established hitters.
By means of all of it, Decide has produced at a excessive stage and he’s obtained one residence run to go earlier than he makes extra historical past.