Was Aaron Judge winning the derby every in doubt? For a little while, yes. Justin Bour's first round show put Judge in a big hole, but it turned out to be no matter. Judge topped Bour's 22 home run mark in the bonus round to advance to the semifinals. From there, it didn't seem like Judge broke a sweat. He toppled Cody Bellinger in the semifinals and beat Miguel Sano in the championship round without much concern.
Gary Sanchez had a respectable showing, too. He held off defending champion and hometown hero Giancarlo Stanton in the first round before losing to the Derby's runner up, Sano.
That was a much needed breath of fresh air, right? It hasn't been too much fun to watch the Yankees in the past few weeks. Tonight, it was a blast to see two of their sluggers in the spotlight, and of course, thrilling to watch Judge win while blasting 500+ foot dingers with ease.