It took until game 161, but Aaron Judge hit his 62nd home run of the season to break a tie with Roger Maris and break the 61-year-old record.
It's a remarkable feat — one we may not see for a generation — and the perfect conclusion to one of the greatest offensive seasons in baseball history.
For Judge and the Yankees, however, that home run served a much more important purpose than making it into the record books.
The plain truth is that Judge pressed the plate as soon as he hit #60 to tie Babe Ruth and put him away from Maris.
We heard manager Aaron Boone repeat ad nauseam in the 14 games between home runs No. 60 and 62 that Judge's quality.
at-bat remained unchanged despite internal and external pressure to tie and break the record. I'd agree with that sentiment,
while he saw far fewer pitches in the zone (29.8 percent in the zone vs. 39.3 percent before hitting the 60),
I would point out that Judge's approach at the plate has been demonstrably different over the last two-plus weeks of the regular season, with home runs 61 and 62 tantalizingly within reach.