Yankees ticket prices soar as Aaron Judge chases home run record


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New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge is just one home run away from tying Roger Maris for the all-time record of 61 in the American League for a single season, sparking a surge in enthusiasm for the game of Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The enthusiasm has therefore led to high ticket prices.

NBC New York reported that Gametime — a site known for last-minute tickets — has more than doubled prices in the past week. Seven days ago, an average ticket cost $119, but as of Wednesday, that price has jumped to $274.

Meanwhile, US Today’s Bob Nightengale reported that outfield tickets were up 41% on Wednesday.

Judge hit his 60th home run of the 2022 season against the Pirates on Tuesday, the first of a two-game series. That was good enough to match Babe Ruth’s 1927 single-season high. When it comes to the MLB record as a whole, Judge and Ruth are in eighth place. Barry Bonds is still at the top with 73 home runs in 2001. Here’s a list of baseball’s single-season homer leaders.

There’s no denying that Judge is having an incredible season. Apart from maybe chasing Bonds recordhe could too possibly end the year with the Triple Crown. While Yankee fans have this in mind, Judge said Sunday he is not focused on stats and records.

“The numbers, they’re just numbers,” Judge said. “I’m focused on doing what I can to be a good teammate, to help the team win. If that means hitting a homer, then that means hitting a homer.”

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Whether he’s hitting records or not, Judge has 15 games left in the regular season to add his name to the history books. Judge and the Yankees will host the Pirates at 7:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday.