In the home ballpark of the game’s best player for the last five seasons, injured Los Angeles Angels superstar center fielder Mike Trout, Judge was serenaded with loud MVP chants time and again.
Fans love this guy, and it’s continuing to show in the All-Star voting.
Major League Baseball released its third update for American League fan voting on Tuesday, and for the second week in a row Judge leads everyone in votes.
Judge, who led the league in hitting, homers, walks and runs scored through June 12, was first with 1,893,260 votes.
Trout, who led after the first voting update two weeks ago and dropped to second last week, now is third overall (1,582,782) behind Judge and Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (1,615,938).
Trout is recovering from recent thumb surgery and is expected to miss the All-Star Game, which will be played July 11 in Miami.
Judge is a lock to be there starting for the American League, and he may be the only Yankee starting because no one else is a vote leader at his position.
Starlin Castro was first at second base through the first week of voting, dropped to second a week later and now is a distant second, as his 1,072,30 votes left him 543,633 behind Altuve.
Besides Judge, the Yankees player with the best shot of be voted into the starting lineup is Matt Holliday, who is a fairly close second at designated hitter behind Nelson Cruz of the Seattle Mariners.
Cruz’s vote total was 863,549, while Holliday was at 689,918. Corey Dickerson of the Tampa Bay Rays (668,702) was right behind Holliday followed by Edwin Encarnacion of the Cleveland Indians (605,454) and Evan Gattis of the Astros (534,983).
Meantime, Didi Gregorius ranked third among shortstops, Gary Sanchez was fourth in the catcher voting and Brett Gardner was eighth among outfielders.
At shortstop, Carlos Correa of the Astros (1,176,486 votes) held a 122,191-vote lead over Francisco Lindor of the Indians (1,054,295). Gregorius was next with 609,316 votes.
At catcher, the top four were Salvador Perez of the Kansas City Royals (1,025,983), Brian McCann of the Astros (791,517), Welington Castillo of the Baltimore Orioles (774,614) and Sanchez (710,388).
There’s a close three-player race at first base between Yonder Alonso of the Oakland Athletics (651,055), Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers (646,598) and Eric Hosmer of the Royals (626,783).
Miguel Sano of the Minnesota Twins (1,010,060) is a big leader at third base over Jose Ramirez of the Indians (697,747) and Manny Machado of the Orioles (677,925).
The Judge-led outfield race, one that will elect three starters, had Trout second and George Springer of the Astros (804,826) in third. Also in the running to pass Springer are Michael Brantley of the Indians (776,487), Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox (714,185) and Avisail Garcia of the Chicago White Sox. Next in the outfield voting tabulations were Carlos Beltran of the Astros (613,225), Gardner (571,436), Andrew Benintendi of the Red Sox (5551,438) and Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays (518,585).