That probably explains the noise around Aaron Judge these days. He has hit some lasers over the course of this spring, and we haven't played a single game yet. Maybe it's that it felt like a lousy season with the hitting. Nobody with 60 plate appearances or more hit .280. Maybe it's the fact that as fans we are always in love with the home run. Watching baseballs sail over the big scoreboard in left center field at Steinbrenner Field makes for some news buzz, even if it is off a BP soft pitch. Sports journalists' tweets sound like teenagers at a rock concert idolizing their favorite band. Who can blame them?
Nevertheless, it's fun to watch and dream about a hitter hitting it into the black in dead center field. Someone who can hit it out in any at bat. Alex Rodriguez used to be that guy. Reggie Jackson used to be that guy. Greg Bird might be that guy. For now, it looks like Aaron Judge has a chance to be that guy. It's a good reason to be excited.