Aaron Judge has already cemented himself as the current face of the Yankees through his first two seasons in the majors and it has only raised the level of expectations for the slugger.
So much so, that former Yankees slugger and Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson sets the bar for Judge alongside some of the most legendary players in the game.
"His competition, for me, is in the monuments...is the history of the Yankees," Jackson said on Sunday, per ESPN's Coley Harvey. "If you look at some of the things he has done, he compares to [Babe] Ruth and [Lou] Gehrig. He's put up crazy numbers."
Judge, who turns 27 in April, has 83 home runs in two-plus seasons in the majors, which is more than Ruth, Gehrig or Mickey Mantle had through their first 294 games.
He hit 52 home runs in his rookie season in 2017 -- winning Rookie of the Year and finishing runner-up in the MVP race -- and was on his way to another strong season in 2018 but was sidelined six weeks after being hit by a pitch on the wrist.
"His next steps to me are just a matter of him staying healthy," Jackson said. "If he stays healthy, he flirts with 50 home runs. He flirts with 125 RBIs. If he hits 65 [home runs], there would be no one who would be surprised."
It is that unknown tapped potential that continues to drive Judge.
"Nobody really knows [how good I can be]. I don't even know," he said. "People can speculate and say, 'He's like this guy, he's like that guy.' But that unknown is kind of what drives me. Like, how good can you be? How good could somebody be? Just having that constant motivation of the unknown is kind of what pushes me."
Judge's teammate, CC Sabathia, believes that next step is an MVP award, but if Judge were to meet the expectations of Jackson, a World Series ring would carry more weight.
Jackson, though, is convinced Judge will eventually get there.
"For me, I was moved by the moment. The moment moved me," said Jackson, who won two World Series titles with the Yankees. "I absolutely think Aaron is moved by the moment as much as I was. He knows what's at stake."