Aaron Judge

Bryzzo Souvenir Co. lives up to its name on MLB's top-selling jerseys list


Bryzzo Souvenir Co. lives up to its name on MLB's top-selling jerseys list

Bryzzo Souvenir Co. sells a lot of souvenirs. And a lot of jerseys.

Major League Baseball released its list of the sport's top-selling jerseys for the 2017 season, and Cubs stars Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo ranked second and third, respectively.

The only guy in front of them? New York Yankees rookie sensation Aaron Judge. Playing for one of the game's most iconic franchises, Judge launched a rookie-record 52 home runs this season.

Of course, Bryant and Rizzo kept doing their thing on the North Side, and after last season's curse-smashing World Series championship, it's no surprise they're high on the list, too.

They also weren't the only Cubs to crack the top 10, with Javy Baez 10th on the list.

Here's the full top 10, with Judge, Bryant and Rizzo going 1-2-3. Also appearing on the list is Bryce Harper, whose Washington Nationals the Cubs will face in the NLDS starting Friday. Clayton Kershaw ranked fourth, and the Cubs could face him for the second straight postseason should both the Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers meet in an NLCS rematch.

Big Hurt 2.0? Frank Thomas confirms Aaron Judge is a large man after meeting at MLB All-Star Game

Big Hurt 2.0? Frank Thomas confirms Aaron Judge is a large man after meeting at MLB All-Star Game

We all know Aaron Judge is a monster, and not just metaphorically.

At 6-foot-7, Judge is bigger than NFL star Rob Gronkowski and apparently makes Frank Thomas, who was known as 'The Big Hurt' in Chicago, look like he stumbled into take your kid to work day.

Check out the photo The Big Hurt tweeted of the two standing back-to-back before the MLB All-Star Game:

Just to get even more perspective on Judge's goliath-like size, here's your tale of the tape of both players at their playing weight:

Judge: 6'7", 282 lbs

Thomas: 6'5", 240 lbs

My advice to catchers standing at home when Judge rounds third base.... get the heck out of the way. 

Melky Cabrera's defense boosts White Sox in win over Yankees

Melky Cabrera's defense boosts White Sox in win over Yankees

James Shields experienced the gamut of emotions when Aaron Judge’s fifth-inning fly ball to deep left field temporarily disappeared on Thursday night.

The veteran pitcher went from pop out to close call to no way to sweet relief before he even had time to take a breath. Shields owes it all to the latest round of theatrics on the diamond by White Sox teammate Melky Cabrera. The catch was one of several banner plays turned in by the White Sox defense in a 4-3 victory over the New York Yankees on Thursday night, including two by Cabrera, who also threw out a runner to end the fourth inning.

“When I threw it Judge kind of slammed his bat a little bit so I figured it was a pop fly,” Shields said. “And I looked back and (Cabrera) caught it and I actually thought it was a home run because he didn’t show the ball quite right away.”

“It was a great catch.”

It also was a great gag.

Shields initially saw the reaction of America’s hottest slugger and was ready to move on to the next batter. Based upon the reaction, Shields believed Judge didn’t get enough of the ball for his 28th home run. Then Shields realized that Judge’s fly ball wasn’t as much of a pop up as he first thought. To top it off, Cabrera leapt near the left-field fence and then landed as if he hadn’t caught the ball. Cabrera’s theatric turn took it a step further as he turned to look at the fence and fans in the bleachers as if he didn’t have a clue where the ball was.

But much to the delight of White Sox relievers in the bullpen below and Shields on the mound, Cabrera suddenly revealed he had the ball.

“I know he held onto it a little bit and kind of played it for a little while until he showed it,” manager Rick Renteria said.

Cabrera’s theatrics have become par for the course in the White Sox clubhouse. The veteran is one of the team’s most popular players because of the entertainment value he provides on the field and off it. Whether routine or spectacular, you never know what you’ll get when Cabrera catches a fly ball. But his comic timing proved even more astute on Thursday night given it was Judge at the plate in a tight ballgame.

“That was just the way that it goes,” Cabrera said through an interpreter. “I wasn’t planning to do it. It was just the reaction in that moment.”

Cabrera also had another spectacular moment to end the fourth inning. He quickly retrieved Ronald Torreyes’ drive to deep left field with two aboard and two outs and fired a perfect strike to second base in time to throw out Torreyes. While the tying run scored on Torreyes’ hit, Shields escaped a potentially damaging rally.

Shields, who earned the win and allowed three runs (two earned) and five hits with three walks, credited his defense for playing a big part as he pitched a season-best 6 1/3 innings.

So even though Cabrera temporarily messed with his emotions in the fifth, Shields chuckled about it afterward.

“That’s Melky, man,” Shields said. “He likes to have fun in this game, but he plays the game hard. It was a great catch.”