New York Yankees
Tyler Austin #26 & Aaron Judge #99
As New York Yankee greats over the years such as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Reggie Jackson, Don Mattingly, Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter, and Alex Rodriguez have provided a plethora of thrilling moments in the franchise’s storied history at Yankee Stadium, two rookies, Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge, both making their MLB debut in front of 41,682 fans did not disappoint with yet another memorable and historical moment in Yankees history. First baseman/outfielder Tyler Austin and outfielder Aaron Judge hit back-to-back home runs off Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Matt Andriese in the second inning, becoming the first pair of teammates in MLB history to record their first career home runs in their first at-bat in the same game.
QUOTE: “[The Judge home run] gets you excited,” Manager Joe Girardi said. “I think about Tyler’s first at-bat where he gets down in the count two strikes and battles and battles and hits a home run. Besides the hit, I thought they were [both] really good at-bats. And that’s probably more important.”
FACT: With his stolen base in the sixth inning, Austin became the first American League player in 52 years to hit a home run and steal a base in his MLB debut since Bert Campaneris on July 23, 1964.