‘He has done it’: Baseball world reacts to Judge’s historic 62nd homer of the season

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge gestures as he rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run, his 62nd of the season, during the first inning in the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022. With the home run, Judge set the AL record for home runs in a season, passing Roger Maris.(LM Otero/AP)

The wait is finally over.

New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge made history with his American League record-setting 62nd home run of the season on Tuesday, less than one week after tying Roger Maris against the Blue Jays.

Playing in the second game of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers, Judge was frustrated following the first contest of the day with just a single in five at-bats, but he wasted no time in hitting the record-setting homer at the top of the first inning.

Fans behind left field stood in anticipation as the ball flew their way, ready to make a historic catch — with varying degrees of success.

The excitement was palpable in the sports world as other teams joined in on the fun.

But, congratulations weren’t confined to the sports world.

Judge, who will become a free agent upon this season’s end, now holds the most home runs in the American League’s 121-year history and sits only 11 behind matching the single-season record.

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