Aaron Judge is the most acclaimed player in baseball at the moment. His historic season has placed him at the very top of the hearts and minds of fans across the league.
This past season, Aaron Judge made history when he hit his 62nd home run in early October against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field. His 62nd home run made him the widely acclaimed MLB record holder for the most home runs hit in a single season. The previous record was held by fellow Yankee Roger Maris, who hit 61 home runs during the 1961 season.
"Aaron Judge is such a legend in Linden, California that they named the closest state Highway “Highway 99” after his uniform number." - @SFGiantsMemes
In attendance when Judge made history was Roger Maris Jr., Judge's wife Samantha, and his parents Patty and Wayne. Judge has always praised his parents, particularly his mother, for being his biggest supporters.
On that note, let's take a look at where the big man came from.
Judge was born on April 26, 1992 in Linden, California. Linden has a population of only about 2,000 people as of 2022. The small town is sleepy and quaint. It is located about 95 miles east of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Judge was adopted when he was only a few days old by Patty and Wayne. They are local teachers in Linden. He attended Linden High School, where he was a known baseball and football prodigy.
"A throwback can’t get much better than this one of Aaron Judge and his now wife Samantha Bracksieck back in college" - @ Talkin Yanks
Judge also met his future wife, Samantha Bracksieck, at Linden High School. The two went on to attend Fresno State University and have been together ever since.
There is no doubt that Aaron Judge is the most famous person to come from the otherwise unknown town of Linden. He carries an immense sense of pride that is reciprocated by those who knew him growing up.
Aaron Judge may be back close to home soon
Judge, who is in the San Francisco area this week, is reportedly meeting with the San Francisco Giants regarding a possible contract. With Judge's one-year contract set to expire, he is free to shop around. Perhaps he will be back in northern California before he knows it.