Aaron Judge had a storybook celebration with his mother, Patty Judge, after the Yankees slugger tied Roger Maris’ home run record at 61 on Wednesday.
The judge gave the home run ball to his mother in the locker room after New York’s 8-3 win over the Blue Jays at Rogers Center.
The mother-son duo shared a sweet moment together, cuddling and posing for photos, as Patty sported her No.99 jersey.
A visibly emotional Patty sat behind the Yankees dugout as the outfielder tied the historic milestone. She was seen cheering and clapping as Judge rounded the bases.
The proud mom finally leaned over to hug Roger Maris Jr., who had his own special moment talking with Judge after the game.
Patty represented the Judge family in Canada at the Historic Slugger Night. Judge’s father, Wayne, and his wife Samantha Bracksieck, whom he married in December, were in the Bronx when he hit the No. 60 home run on September 20.
The 30-year-old, who is chasing a triple crown, is notoriously private about his home life and his relationship with Bracksieck, but here’s all you need to know about Judge’s parents:
How did Aaron come into their lives?
Judge was adopted two days after birth by Patty and Wayne.
“I feel like they kind of chose me,” Judge, who is biracial, told The Post in 2015. “I think it was God who brought us together.”
Where are Patty and Wayne from and what do they do for a living?
Patty and Wayne Judge are teachers from Linden, California.
Do Judge’s parents have any other children?
When Judge was around 10 years old, he began to notice that he and his parents weren’t alike. Her older brother John, a 36-year-old teacher living in Korea, is also adopted.
“So I started asking questions, and they told me I was adopted and answered all my questions, and that was it,” Judge said. “I was fine with that. It really didn’t bother me because they were the only parents I’ve known.”
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What was Judge’s upbringing like?
The judge said his parents were strict about prioritizing his education during his high school years.
“I wanted to go out and play with my friends or play video games, but they were tough on me,” Judge told The Record newspaper after graduating from high school.
“They were like, ‘Hey, you have homework to do. You have to finish your math homework and your science homework. Then, if you have time before dinner, you can go play. Something like that. I didn’t like it when I was a kid, but looking back, I really appreciate what they did for me.
Did Patty and Wayne push Judge to play baseball?
“His mom and I just wanted him to be a really good person,” Wayne said. “But we knew from an early age, as soon as we put a ball in his hand, that he had a lot of natural talent.”
Judge excelled in three sports at Linden High, where he earned academic and athletic honors in baseball, basketball, and football during his final two years of high school.
The judge credited his parents for becoming a Yankee
In 2017, Judge told MLB.com that he “wouldn’t be a New York Yankee” if it weren’t for his mom.
“The advice she gave me when I was a kid growing up, knowing the difference between right and wrong, how to treat people and how to go the extra mile and do extra work, all that kind of stuff” , he said at the time. “She made me the person I am today.”
What do we know about Aaron Judge’s biological parents?
The judge would never have had contact with his biological parents.
“I have a group of parents, the ones who raised me. That’s how it is,” the Yankees superstar told Newsday. “Some kids grow up in their mother’s womb; I grew up in the heart from my mother.
“She has always shown me love and compassion since I was a little baby. I never needed to think differently or question myself about anything.
What religion do Judge’s parents practice?
Although her parents’ religious beliefs have not been publicly discussed, Judge said her favorite Bible verse is from 2 Corinthians 5:7: “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”
The Bible verse is also listed on the cover photo of his Twitter profile, whose bio reads: “Christian. Faith, Family, then Baseball.
“It’s one of my favorite Bible verses,” Judge said. “[I] try to live my life by it, and always trust the Man above and what He has in store for us. We never know what awaits us, but if we have faith in him, he will lead us in the right direction.
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