Yankees’ Aaron Judge rocks the Astros-Phillies World Series at Citizens Bank Park

Aaron Judge does not play in the World Series. But the New York Yankees outfielder is having everyone talking at the Fall Classic as he prepares for free agency.

Although the Yankees are expected to push hard to re-sign the slugger, several teams, including the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants, are expected to come forward to Judge.

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Yankees center fielder Harrison Bader joined MLB Network earlier this week for their coverage of Citizens Bank Park. And while he hopes Judge returns to the Bronx, Bader understands that money talks. According to the New York Post:

” It’s a company. I learned that very quickly this year. There is no hard feelings at all. It’s never personal. It’s about the game. Selfishly, I’d like to continue to be [Judge’s] teammate. He’s an incredible talent. … [Judge] won everything that comes its way. I wish him the absolute best wherever he ends up. It’s a decision he and his family will make. … I can’t wait to see how it goes.

Among those taking the field for the World Series are Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman and Astros closest Ryan Pressly. The two told Newsday they would watch Judge in free agency.

Bregman: “I think the whole league will follow him. He’s the league’s MVP and he’s a free agent and it’s not often the MVP who is a free agent.

Pressly: “I don’t think you’re going to be able to ignore it. I hope he gets the bag [a lot of money], man. I hope he goes there and does what he wants to do, settles his family down for the rest of his life. From what I’ve heard, he’s nothing but a good human being. So I hope for nothing but the best for him. Wherever he ends up, I wish him nothing but the best.

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Philadelphia Phillies manager Rob Thomson has a personal relationship with Judge that dates back to his time as Yankees coach. “It’s hard for me to believe he wouldn’t be a Yankee,” Thomson said, per Newsday.

Judge rejected a seven-year, $213.5 million contract before Opening Day and will be a free agent after the World Series.

The 30-year-old judge just wrapped up a season-long walk, setting a new American League record with 62 home runs and vying for the Triple Crown, making him the AL MVP favorite.

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