HOUSTON — Aaron Judge gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead over the Astros on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park with a home run to left with two out in the third.
As Judge approached third base, he tugged at the front of his jersey — an apparent dig at Jose Altuve, who famously grabbed his jersey frantically after his walkoff homer in Game 6 of the ALCS in 2019, when many believe Altuve was wearing a buzzer. An MLB investigation showed no evidence that was the case.
This is the Yankees’ first visit to Minute Maid Park since that playoff loss. The following offseason, news of Houston’s sign-stealing scheme from 2017 — when the Astros also sent the Yankees home in the playoffs- became public.
Judge has been vocal in his criticism of the Astros since then and said last week he still hasn’t spoken to Altuve since the 2019 playoffs.