New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge is one home run away from setting the all-time American League record for long balls in a single season with 62.
This means, for those tuning into ESPN’s “Monday Night Football,” live cut-ins of his at-bats could feature in a side-by-side of the San Francisco 49ers (1-2) vs. Los Angeles Rams (2-1). Pregame host Suzy Kolber made the announcement, and NFL fans are already voicing their displeasure on social media.
The first two cut-ins came in during “Monday Night Countdown,” with Judge failing to break the record on each at-bat.
College Football Fans Can’t Believe ESPN Cuts to Aaron Judge At-Bats
College football fans have a bone to pick with ESPN. The networks’ continued obsession with Judge’s home run totals is frustrating those attempting to watch non-stop football.
This past Saturday, ESPN split its screens during big games to provide live look-ins at Judge’s at-bats. The Yankees superstar is making American League history this year, tying Roger Maris’ home run record at 61.
While there are certainly some MLB fans in the crowd, they don’t want it to interrupt their college football games. Or in this case, NFL games.
Believe it or not, there are some things that trump two college football teams going head-to-head on a Saturday in fall. ESPN believes that one of those things is a Judge at-bat.
Nearly two weeks ago during the Clemson-Wake Forest game on ABC and Missouri-Auburn on ESPN, the network briefly switched over to show Judge’s first-inning at-bat against the Boston Red Sox. Judge, sitting on 60 home runs at the time, was looking to tie Maris for the Yankees’ single-season record.
College football fans, however, do not care at this moment in time. They just want football on their television sets. And ESPN robbed them of that for a moment.