On the night Aaron Judge hit his 61st homer, the Yankees had a Cubs legend as ‘manager’
On the night Aaron Judge hit his AL record-tying 61st home run, his manager was a person Cubs fans are very familiar with — Anthony Rizzo.
Rizzo wasn’t technically listed as the Yankees manager Wednesday evening — that job still belonged to Aaron Boone on paper.
But after their team clinched the division Tuesday night, Rizzo got a day off and received the opportunity for a new role:
Anthony Rizzo will be guest managing today’s game as Aaron Boone’s understudy. Rizzo helped Boone fill out the lineup card and he’ll be consulted on strategy.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) September 28, 2022
Rizzo helped set the lineup and even dressed and acted like Boone throughout the evening on the top step of the Yankees dugout:
Anthony Rizzo, the only undefeated manager in MLB history pic.twitter.com/pY7hZMmbya— Gabe (@PlayoffTanaka_) September 29, 2022
Of course, it also happened to be the night Judge made history.
The Yankees also won the game, so Rizzo is now 1-0 at the helm. Maybe the self-proclaimed “Greatest Relief Pitcher of All-Time” can also add “manager” to that title.
Rizzo’s former manager, David Ross, got a big kick out of the whole ordeal.
“I texted him last night: ‘So you managed the 61st home run for Aaron Judge?'” a laughing Ross said Thursday morning. “That’s a pretty good resume. I’ve got a pretty good resume but I’d like to top that.
“That was neat. He texted me back. I’ve been back and forth with that. Congratulated him, happy he’s back in the postseason. That’s where he belongs.”
Rizzo was traded from the Cubs to the Yankees last summer but only played in 1 playoff contest as New York lost the AL Wild-Card Game to the Red Sox.
Over the winter, Rizzo re-signed with the Yankees and has turned in a great season. He has tied a career high with 32 homers to go along with 75 RBI and an .836 OPS.