Both New York sports media and social media went berserk after Aaron Judge was booed after striking out during the fourth game of the 2022 season. It does not take a genius to figure out that this reaction has a connection to Judge’s rejection of the $230 million offer made to him by the Yankees that would make him the highest annually paid position player in Yankee history. Now, the Aaron Judge fan frustration is at an all time high.
Most of professional media is speaking about their opinions of Judge and Cashman, but not so many speaking on behalf of fans.
Personal Aaron Judge Fan Frustration
I do not believe frustrated and booing Yankee fans suddenly hate Aaron Judge. I do believe, however, that they are taking their frustration out from a place of not understanding the outcome. I include myself in this group.
At the root of this issue is the mental disconnect that we fans have with players. Players are negotiating with an amount of money that fans have not and will not ever come close to dealing with In their entire lives. This is even more skewed when you consider how many families earnings have been effected by the pandemic, and current economic problems involving inflation. Plain and simple: we do not understand how any major league contract is not enough to satisfy someone, let alone the offer that the Yankees made to Judge.
Second, Yankee fans are unique in a way where we look to accept players into our heart and soul. For proof of this, note how Yankee Stadium has their own hall of fame museum in centerfield (Monument Park) and a whole TV channel filled with documentaries. Yankee fandom has opened up to Aaron Judge in a way that has not been since Derek Jeter, likely because he came to stardom at the time when the Core Four and its remains have all retired. So when Aaron Judge says he wanted to be a Yankee for life, we fans took that to heart.
I think i speak for many individuals across Yankee fandom when I ask: what more do you want, Aaron? He said he wants to be a Yankee, and he assumingely wants a big contract. Both were offered to him, and we fans cannot understand why thats not enough for him, when he is already enough for us.
If Judge’s plan was to reject the extension offer no matter what, then he should not have publicly said that he wanted to be a Yankee. Many fans do not understand how that statement can be true and exist simultaneously with turning down the contact that sports analysts are saying is a fair deal, especially when considering his injury history so far.
This extra layer adds an implication of deception and dishonesty, which I believe was the final straw that broke the back of many passionate Yankee fans.
Maybe Judge will lead the Yankees to their 28th World Series. Maybe the two sides will find common ground before free agency. But for now? The Aaron Judge fan frustration is at an all time high.
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