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Aaron Judge sizes up as baseball’s best new hope

RARELY DO NACHOS MAKE DREAMS COME TRUE, NO MATTER how good the guacamole. But while Maria Baez was on her way to a Yankee Stadium concession stand one recent evening, a team employee offered her a spot in the Judge’s Chambers, a section of seats behind the right-field fence reserved for fans of the towering phenom Aaron Judge. Thanks to the young slugger’s head-spinning power at the plate—he entered mid-August leading the American League in home runs despite a recent slump—the invite-only cheering section has become New York City’s most coveted ticket since Hamilton. Clad in a team-issued black robe and waving a foam gavel, Baez was so eager to join the fray that she gave up on

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