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NY Post
New York Post
8 Jul 2023

NextImg:Aaron Judge leaves door open for attending All-Star Game festivities: ‘Still debating’

Aaron Judge still hasn’t made up his mind about attending next week’s All-Star Game festivities in Seattle.

Judge, rehabbing from the sprained big right toe that’s sidelined him for over a month, said he is talking to his family and friends — as well as other players that have been injured for the game and have either gone to the game or not — before he makes up his mind.

“We’re still debating,’’ Judge said before the Yankees faced the Cubs on Saturday at the Stadium. 

“I’ll have an answer in the next couple days,’’ Judge said. “It is important to the fans, getting voted in and representing the Yankees. It’s a special honor. This is what the fans want to see: guys voted in to go to the game, participate and be there.”

Aaron Boone said Friday he thought Judge would remain in New York and Judge noted Saturday he would be able to get more treatment for his ailing toe if he went to the Stadium during the break. 

Aaron Judge (l.) said he’s still debating a trip to Seattle despite Aaron Boone (r.) previously saying that he didn’t expect the Yankees star to attend.
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And staying away from a cross-country flight would also be beneficial.

“I can get treatment anywhere, but probably more here in New York, that’s for sure,” Judge said. “I can be here at the Stadium getting work done and that’s the most important thing: Getting back on the field.”

He added the experience of going to the game has value for him aside from just being on the field.

Aaron Judge hasn't played since running into the Dodger Stadium wall June 3.

Aaron Judge hasn’t played since running into the Dodger Stadium wall June 3.
Corey Sipkin for the NY Post

“I’ve always looked forward to picking the brains of other superstars around the game and asking questions,’’ Judge said. “If a young rookie is just coming up, I’ll ask how his experience has been. Or if it’s a veteran, it might be their last All-Star Game and I’ll get a little wisdom. There are so many different facets I enjoy, and to put on a show for the fans.”

That show will be limited even if he does attend.

Judge said he’s still doing the same baseball-related activities he’s talked about previously, from playing catch to light hitting and running. 

“I’m feeling good,’’ said Judge, who has declined to put a timeline on his potential return in the second half after injuring the toe running into the fence at Dodger Stadium while making a catch on June 3.