WATCH: Aaron Judge fools everyone at Yankee Stadium, including the camera, as he misses home run No. 1. 61

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The New York Yankees topped the rival Boston Red Sox 5-4 in 10 innings on Thursday night in the Bronx, and in doing so clinched a spot in the postseason. Before one inning, however, everyone in the ballpark and everyone watching at home thought the Yankees had won the game with a historic walk-off homer. That’s because slugger Aaron Judge came within a few feet of hitting his 61st home run of the season — a home run that would have tied Roger Morris’ American League and franchise record for homers in a season.

This isn’t one of those wishy-washy cases where he humps it into the shallows of the grass, and those who don’t know see the outfielder instead of pitching and roaring. No, it looked, felt and sounded like a vintage Judge boom-jab right off the bat, resulting in us all being duped for a few tense seconds. And stupid? Poor, sophisticated, low-pressure Fox camera operator. Check out:

A 2-2, 95.8-mph fastball from reliever Matt Barnes, and the outgoing 113-mph fastball, traveled 404 feet in a layer of cold, thick night air that did no favors. The number didn’t help the cause either. 61 He hit it – now together – in the deepest part of the ball park. It was only at the last second that we and the camera operator realized that the ball would somehow lose its energy at the last moment and settle into the glove of Enrique Hernandez in front of the wall. When a judge puts someone in a way, there’s a sense of foreboding, especially when it weighs 61. Every now and then someone will say something like this He didn’t get enough of it While the batsman is 6-foot-7, 282-pound Aaron Judge, but we ended up saying that Thursday night. Instead of writing one of the most memorable and important home runs in years of memorable and important home runs, Judge gave one of the most confusing F8s in years of confusing F8s.

The good news for the judge and those who want to see him is that he will keep his appointment with history Lots of chances to score 62 And then some. All of us — fans, writers, and camera folks alike — certainly have our dangerous assumptions.

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