Aaron Judge, the heart and soul of the Yankees offense, has been shelved due to injury for quite some time now, so his announcement of a June 19 meet-and-greet was a friendly reminder to the fans that he does in fact still exist.
However, a moronic New York Post columnist is livid over the Yankees superstar's choice to show his face in public for no good reason at all.
Phil Mushnick ripped into Judge for agreeing to an appearance with the memorabilia company Fanatics, strangely likening it to Derek Jeter's fire-sale of memorabilia in the twilight of his career.
How dare Aaron Judge engage with the fans? How dare he even for one second consider devoting his time to anything other than baseball?
It's beyond ridiculous. Suggesting that Judge is embarrassing himself by trying to earn some money outside the game is unfair and uncalled for, and not to mention, this is an event fans are going to be lining up to attend, given they'll get the chance to meet the giant right fielder.
Mushnick's take borders on "old man yells at clouds" levels of stupid. Why should an athlete of Judge's caliber be so limited in how he can present himself in the public square?
It's not like he sold his soul, or worse, requested a trade to the Red Sox. Judge is doing what any other athlete in his position would do.
He's the face of the franchise, and he's earning just $684,000 from his contract this year. Let him figure out how to find some alternative sources of income in peace!