The Yankees — off to a sensational 24-8 start — are in town for a four-game series against the White Sox. Anthony Rizzo, who never hit more than 32 homers as a Cub, showed up with a hefty nine of them already. Teammate Aaron Judge walloped his 12th — the most in the majors — in the second game of the series Friday.
On the best team in baseball, the Judge-Rizzo combo has become a driving force. Rizzo follows the towering superstar in the lineup, has befriended him inside the clubhouse and away from the ballpark and regularly talks his ear off in the dugout. Judge, a pending mega-free agent after this season whose relationship with the front office has become strained — an experience Rizzo had in Chicago — has gotten a lift from the camaraderie.
“Having a guy like that who’s had his success, he could be an a-hole to everyone in this room,” Judge said in the visitors’ clubhouse at Guaranteed Rate Field, where he and Rizzo occupied neighboring lockers. “But he’s one of the most welcoming leaders I’ve ever been around.”