The lucky fan who snagged Aaron Judge’s record-setting 62nd home run was escorted out of his seat in style — for good reason.
It has finally happened, New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge has set the new American League home run record, launching his 62nd big fly of the year into the left field stands off of Rangers pitcher Jesus Tinoco.
It has been a long road for Judge to get here, as pitchers around the league have been desperately avoiding throwing the big slugger anything even close to the strike zone in an effort to not be the unfortunate pitcher to allow a historic home run.
While we’ve already seen one fan’s valiant “effort” to retrieve the ball go horribly wrong, the Rangers security staff immediately removed another man from his seat after it was found that he was the lucky fan on the receiving end of history.
Aaron Judge 62nd home run ball worth: How much money could history be worth?
Mr. Youmans, escorted out of his seat by his own private security detail, may have caught what could end up being one of the most expensive pieces of baseball memorabilia ever, as Bob Nightengale tweeted that the ball could end up being worth around $2 million.
As a matter of fact, should this baseball end up being worth the $2 million Nightengale mentioned, it would be the second most expensive baseball in history; behind only Mark McGwire’s 70th home run he hit in 1998 which sold for $3 million all the way back in 1999.
Interestingly, the fan that caught McGwire’s 70th in 1998 requested only to be able to meet the slugger in exchange for the ball. “Big Mac” turned it down and the fan ended up making out on the right side of things.
In what has been a memorable night all around the league, Youmans has one of the biggest honors of them and will very likely get to meet Judge – an offer that this big bopper surely won’t turn down.