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The man pumped his fists in the air in celebration then quickly handed the ball off to a young fan in a Yankees cap and Judge shirt.
The boy, overcome with emotion, threw his arms around the stranger and cried.
TORONTO, ON – MAY 03: New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a home run in Sixth inning during the MLB regular season game between the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays on May 03, 2022, at Rogers Center in Toronto, ON, Canada. (Photo by Gavin Napier/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
“Two people who had never met became lifelong friends in that moment on the home run by Judge,” one of the commentators said during the MLB broadcast. “The Blue Jay fan handing the young Yankee fan wearing the Judge shirt the home run ball up in the second deck. And he’s not giving that up to anybody. He is clutching that baseball, isn’t he?”
Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees hits an RBI double, batting in Aaron Hicks #31, in the seventh inning of their MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on May 3, 2022 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images)
Major League Baseball’s official Twitter page posted video of the sweet moment along with a caption that said: “Enjoy the kindness. Aaron Judge and this very generous Blue Jays fan made this kid’s night!”
Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees celebrates a solo home run in the dugout during the sixth inning of their MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on May 3, 2022 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images)
“That’s what’s special about this game,” Judge said about the moment after the game, according to MLB.com. “It doesn’t matter what jersey you wear. Everybody’s a fan; everybody appreciates this game. That’s pretty cool. I’ve got to check out that video; that’s special.”
The Yankees went on to win 9-1.