New York’s top judge has ruled in favor of the high-profile Yankees fan he inadvertently injured.
After being prompted by The Post, Bombers home run king Aaron Judge agreed to meet with Brooklyn pizzeria owner Paul Giannone, 68, and sign the baseball that fouls on his bat and skinned the fan in the head, a representative for the team said on Friday.
“He’d be happy to sign Paulie Gee’s ball,” Yankees spokesman Jason Zillo said, after being contacted by The Post on Friday about Giannone’s request for a signed ball as a reward for the hit. in the head.
“[Judge] is glad he’s okay and hopes he’ll be ready to bring pizza with him the next time he comes to Yankee Stadium and they can make a trade.
He added that the team have since contacted Giannone and will give him a special glove to redeem themselves.
“We’re making him a custom glove so when he comes back he has something to defend himself with,” Zillo said.
Giannone – who went public with his request to sign the ball on Thursday – said he was delighted to hear the slugger’s plans to make amends.
“I’m glad to hear it. It’s very well known,” he told the Post. “I’m not surprised; Judge seems like a great guy.
He said he liked the pizza-for-autograph deal, but cautioned his pies are “best right out of the oven.”
Giannone even referenced Judge’s upcoming contract negotiations and said he hoped he could help.
“I want to know how many pizzas I should bring to make him a Yankee for life,” he said.
While the hit that targeted Giannone’s head may not have been one of Judge’s league-leading 43 homers, for the pizza maker it was one of the hitter’s most impactful.
Giannone said he “saw stars” and began gushing blood when the foul ball from the 6-foot-7 judge’s bat pelted him during Tuesday’s home game against the Seattle Mariners.
He was rushed out of the stadium, briefly hospitalized and left with a concussion and a huge red bruise on his head.
“When I got up – bang! — it hit me in the head,” he said of the ball kick.
He said on Thursday he wanted the judge to sign the ball to make things right.
“I think that’s fair,” he told the Post.