Podcast: Didi Gregorius on Aaron Judge, his keys to success and life in New York

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New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius is having another impressive season, getting even better at the plate than he was the last two seasons. His batting average is up, so is his on-base percentage and he’s looking even more at home at Yankee Stadium, where even though he had the toughest of shoes to fill, he’s become a fan favorite.

On this week’s Stewpod, the Yahoo Sports baseball podcast, Gregorius joins us to talk about the adjustments that helped him succeed, what he sees from Aaron Judge that impresses him and whether he thinks the balls are juiced this year.

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Gregorius joined us on behalf of the Delta Dugout program, which gives fans the chance to win memorable baseball experiences, like watching the Yankees play on the road next season. In his latest spot, Gregorius is even being a funny guy. Here it is:

Here are some of the other things Gregorius talked about on this week’s StewPod.

On how he’s more prepared this season:

“It’s more adjustments. I came from National League and it was different. I think personally they pitch different in the American League. You gotta make adjustments, get to know the pitchers and see what they try to do with you … The hardest part of the game is staying consistent with your plan when you go out there and play the game. I ask guys questions, how they approach this guy and try to put that in my plan too.”

On how Aaron Judge impressed him:

“It’s all-around game. He wasn’t the way he wanted to be when he came up last year. I like that he went home and made some adjustments and look what he’s doing now. It’s actually really great. I’m all for it. If he keeps making adjustments, he’ll be ever better. I think there’s a lot more in there.”

On whether the balls are juiced:

“No. Not at all. I haven’t seen anything to be honest.”

Didi Gregorius has adjusted well to life in the American League. (AP)
Didi Gregorius has adjusted well to life in the American League. (AP)

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