Hump Days With Cam: So I Was Wrong…And I’m Going To Be Wrong Again
I believe in accountability. My parents raised me to take ownership of a mistake and admit when you’re wrong. I have tried to instill that same value to my children. I am not like “The Fonze” who couldn’t utter the word…always stopping short, saying, “I was wrooooo…I was wrooo”, and never quite getting it out.
Well, growing up, I wanted to be The Fonze…but I have to say it…I WAS WRONG!!!
Aside from writing my “Hump Day” columns every Wednesday for SportsGrid, I also write for RotoExperts.com. I primarily write articles for them during Spring Training about various topics in and around fantasy baseball, and also have a six week column which focuses on The Grapefruit League. That Grapefruit League, for those of you who don’t know, is comprised of half of the teams in Major League Baseball who play their Spring Training games in Florida.
One of those teams is the New York Yankees. As you can imagine, one of the main topics for discussion during Spring Training was Aaron Judge. The same Aaron Judge who was sitting at the All Star Break with the most home runs in baseball (30) and already broke Joe DiMaggio’s record for most home runs (29) hit by a Yankees rookie. This is the same Aaron Judge who made other power hitters look silly in the Home Run Derby the other night. And, the same Aaron Judge who is on his way to not only Rookie of the Year, but likely the MVP award too! Yes, THAT Aaron Judge.
He’s also the Aaron Judge I advised readers to be leery of during their fantasy drafts. The Aaron Judge who I said major league pitchers would be able to find the hole in his large 6’7” swing. The Aaron Judge who I said may be sent back down to the minors before Memorial Day for more seasoning. THAT AARON JUDGE!!!
I WAS WRONG!!! I’M SORRY!!!
In fairness, he didn’t have the right field job secured at the start of Spring Training. And, in 95 plate appearances for the Yankees in 2016, he batted a woeful .179 with only four home runs. He’s actually a year OLDER than Bryce Harper, (25 to 24) who just played in his fifth All-Star Game. If the Yankees couldn’t see what they had in this kid sooner, why should I be expected to think he’d be something special?
Have I said I was wrong?!?
Okay, time to come full circle and put all my chips to the center of the table. This kid is SPECIAL. He has “IT”. Whatever “IT” is, he has “IT” in spades. New York isn’t too big for him, in fact, it seems perfect for him. We’re looking at the next great Yankee, and are in for a special ride over the next decade. He’ll have at least one season with over 60 bombs, maybe even this season. He may break 73 at some point, and although I think he’s too old to get to 763, (he’ll have to average 40 bombs for 19 seasons which will take him to age 44), he seems like a shoe-in to get to 600 and a sure fire Hall of Famer.
I am happy to have been sooooo wrong about his abilities. And given the lofty expectations I just set. I expect to be sooooo wrong again.
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