Joe Girardi said it: Yankees rookie Aaron Judge reminds of Derek Jeter

The jersey worn by the Yankees slugger during his MLB debut last August sold for an astounding $157,366 on Sunday.

If Aaron Judge wasn't under pressure to perform at a high level in New York he might be now after manager Joe Girardi said he sees a lot of Derek Jeter in his 25-year-old outfielder.

"He is a little bit like Derek for me," Girardi said Monday of Judge, via ESPN.com. "He has a smile all the time. He loves to play the game. You always think he is going to do the right thing on the field and off the field. He has a presence about him. He plays the game to win all the time and that is the most important thing. It is not about what you did that day.

"I understand that is a big comparison, but I remember Derek when he was young. He grew into that leadership role but that was Derek. Derek loved to have fun, loved to laugh and loved to play the game."

Obviously there are a lot of differences between the 6-7, 282-pound Judge and the future Hall of Fame shortstop, who was approaching his third of five World Series rings with the Yankees by the time he was Judge's age.

One thing that stands out between the two is their approach to the game, Girardi said.

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"I see him doing things the right way on the field and off the field," he said. "That is the way Derek was, as well, when he was young."

Like Jeter, Judge could be headed for Rookie of the Year honors. The slugger is tied for the AL lead in homers with 10 and has the fifth-fastest average exit velocity of any MLB player.

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