Aaron Judge’s two-day Giants visit includes a cameo from Steph Curry

Sources: Judge’s two-day Giants visit includes Steph connection who originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

SAN FRANCISCO — Shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday, a few hours after Aaron Judge’s two-day meeting with the Giants ended, Joc Pederson opened his Instagram and posted an image of Judge in a Giants jersey, along with the message, “We’re ready when you’re 99.” The story was soon shared by Brandon Crawford and Logan Webb, but in trying to convince the American League MVP to leave the New York Yankees for his hometown team, the Giants aren’t relying solely on their stars.

As part of their pitch, the Giants put Judge in touch with Steph Curry’s camp, hoping the two superstars could connect while Judge weighs his decision, sources told NBC Sports Bay Area. If all goes according to plan, they will soon be playing in the same neighborhood in San Francisco.

Judge arrived in town on Monday and met with Giants officials over two days, with talks starting Monday night at Oracle Park, where Judge and his agent dined with Larry Baer, ​​Farhan Zaidi, Gabe Kapler and other members of the organization. The Giants continued to meet with Judge most of the day on Tuesday.

The visit is the first known meeting between Judge and a team other than the Yankees, but a source said the Giants expect him to listen to others in the coming days and that the rival Los Angeles Dodgers will also be involved. While Judge has mostly kept a low profile since the end of the season, he indicated last week that he was very early in the process and said he was looking forward to getting started after becoming a free agent for the first time.

“I don’t know how fast it’s going or how slow it’s going, but there are teams we’ve talked to,” he said after being named MVP. “For me, if we’re going to build a winning team, if I can get it [my contract] out of the way so they can move on or add some more pieces, I think that’s an advantage.”

The Giants have other gaps to fill and have interacted with the agents for free infielders, center fielders and starting pitchers. Their plan B is the best of the loaded shortstop class, but Judge is their focus right now, and they’re said to pull out all the stops to make a convincing pitch. At least this time they have location and timing on their side.

In recent years, Giants officials have visited Los Angeles to court Shohei Ohtani and Las Vegas to meet Bryce Harper, but Judge is originally from Linden, a small town about 100 miles from Oracle Park. His first recruiting visit brought him home just before Thanksgiving.

On Monday, MLB Network caught Judge walking into a downtown San Francisco hotel. When asked what he was doing, Judge smiled and winked.

“Visiting family and friends,” he said. “That’s about it.”

RELATED: Pederson uses Instagram to recruit Judge for Giants

He later visited Oracle Park and the Giants hope they made a big impression on a player who would solve many of their problems on and off the field.

Download and follow the Giants Talk Podcast

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *