On the same afternoon Aaron Judge and Brett Gardner each hit two home runs in a New York Yankees spring-training win, the outfielders co-signed on a bold prediction for this season.
Six months after the 2018 Yankees set major league baseball's single-season team home run record, Judge and Gardner foresee the 2019 Yankees shattering that historic mark.
"We're going to hit more this year," Gardner said Sunday.
Asked if he agreed with Gardner's emphatic statement, Judge doubled down.
"Oh definitely. You get this whole team healthy, we're going to crush the record that we set last year," Judge said. "We've got a good team, a lot of guys that could make a lot of solid contact, and a lot of big boys that when they make contact, man, it goes. We're a team that's primed and ready to do that."
The 267 homers the Bronx Bombers slugged last season — Gleyber Torres' record-setting blast was crushed at Fenway Park late last September — outpaced the 264 the 1997 Seattle Mariners had hit.