How We Do blared from the clubhouse speakers as disco lights flashed to the rap. Aaron Judge took over the wrestling championship belt that Anthony Volpe had held since the rookie’s three-run homer sparked a win at Miami on Aug. 11.
He’s never going to get the belt back again if it’s going to lead to eight, nine losses in a row,” Judge said with a playful smile.
Despite a feel-good 9-1 victory over Washington on Wednesday night that ended the Yankees’ first nine-game losing streak in 41 years, New York (61-65) is 9 1/2 games back of a playoff berth and on track to end its streak of winning seasons at 30.
“That ain’t going to hit a 95 mph fastball worrying about the standings,” Judge said. “We’ve got to focus on what we can control here on the field and show up every single day.”