"I love New York", Ortiz said.
Could a Big Papi reunion be in the cards?
As a matter of fact, Ortiz is yet to even attend a game at Fenway Park since his retirement. "I'm happy", he said.
"That was the first time I met him", Judge said, according to New Jersey Online.
Judge was one of many of Sabathia's teammates - and opponents - to show up at Bowlmor in Times Square on Monday, and in a rivalry that is now without the retired Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez, it was pretty clear who the new main attraction is. "I don't want to be in anybody's way".
The appearance comes in the wake of a recent interview in which Ortiz hinted at the possibility of a NY conspiracy against the former Red Sox slugger.
"They have good hitters", said the Beantown legend.
With the Red Sox on their way to the Bronx for a pivotal three-game set, Judge will be hoping to continue his steady pace in the heart of the Yankees lineup, where he's served as the most impactful bat in the Bombers offense through the first quarter of the season. The Baby Boomers are rightfully getting a whole lot of attention, especially with Aaron Judge's monster season, but don't forget that Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, and Andrew Benintendi are all younger than he is: all this youth might be what reignites this rivarly, as neither team are seemingly going away anytime soon. Ortiz couldn't stop talking about the Babe Ruth-like power of the 6-7, 282-pound Judge, who leads the American League with 18 homers this season. "At some point, it's going to happen", he said.
The Red Sox have had to rally from a slow start to the season but now sit in second place in the division, and have a chance to usurp the Yankees from the top spot if they can pull off a three-game sweep on the road.