NEW YORK — In what could be a big win for Adidas, the footwear brand has signed New York Yankees slugger and reigning American League Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge to its roster.
As the brand's latest high-profile ambassador, Judge will represent Adidas' growing multiverse of stars alongside James Harden, Damian Lillard, Lionel Messi and Kanye West. He'll make his official brand debut sporting cleats with the Three Stripes on Opening Day.
Bleacher Report had the opportunity to speak with Judge about his new deal, what the future holds for this collaboration and more.
Bleacher Report: What are you looking forward to most now that you've officially signed with Adidas?
Aaron Judge: The biggest thing that drew me in with Adidas was not only the on-the-field stuff but the off-field stuff, too. They've provided me with a lifestyle element to be creative.
BR: Who on Team Adidas are you most excited to be linked with?
AJ: I'm a big fan of Harden. He's one person I'm looking forward to working with. I also got a chance to meet David Beckham. He's a legend. Such a down-to-earth guy.
BR: Can you rank these Judges for us? Judy, Dredd, Aaron.
AJ: [laughs] Dredd, Judy, then Aaron.
BR: What's your all-time favorite sneaker?
AJ: The Yeezys are always good. I gotta go with the Yeezys.
BR: We know MLB The Show 18 is coming out and you're on the cover. Should Aaron Judge be the most powerful hitter on the Yankees roster?
AJ: Not when you got the NL MVP with 59 homers. Just keep me even with him.
BR: Have you ever run into any celebrity Yankees fans? If so, any good stories to tell?
AJ: I got a chance to meet J-Lo (Jennifer Lopez). She's from New York and a big Yankee fan. It was cool to talk to her.
BR: Give the fans one thing to watch out for when it comes to Aaron Judge and Adidas joining forces.
AJ: Tough to say. It's just the beginning! We'll have something for them in the future, though.