The rookie sensation set a new Major League Baseball record for most consecutive games with a strikeout when he whiffed in the top of the ninth against the Mets. He has 18 multi-strikeout games in that span.
That's one more game than Adam Dunn in 2013, the record for most consecutive games with a strikeout. He facetiously thanked the media for telling him.
If you had been asked this time last month, this is the last record you would have expected Aaron Judge to break this season.
Judge spoke a bit more serious when talking about his penchant for striking out.
The homer, Judge's AL-leading 37th of the season, gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead over the Mets.
"There are some great pitchers in this league", Judge said. Judge has essentially personified the cliche of a three-true-outcome hitter; he's either walking or striking out almost 50% of his at-bats (over 50% in the second half), and it's telling that the strikeout record he broke was previously held by Adam Dunn.
Even amid the ignominious streak, Judge is still showing patience and huge power whenever he connects.