The fan who caught‘s home run record number 62 says he’s not sure what he’ll do with the memory. If it ever sells at auction, it could cost millions of dollars, Goldin Auctions’ Ken Goldin told CBS News on Wednesday.
During Game 2 of the New York Yankees-Texas Rangers doubleheader on Tuesday, as Judge was making his way into the history books, The cameras caught a quick-thinking fan. make the catch. Reporters asked the man, later identified by various media outlets as Cory Youmans, what he was going to do with him.
“That’s a good question,” Youmans replied, “I haven’t thought about it.”
Youmans, of Dallas, is the husband of Sports Illustrated reporter Bri Amaranthus. His wife enthusiastically tweeted about him after he was led out of the stands.
The New York Post reported that Youmans is vice president of an investment firm. CBS News has not independently verified that information, but has contacted the company to confirm.
Judge said he would like to have the record-breaking ball previously held by Yankees icon Roger Maris, who set the record 61 years earlier in 1961, but added that it was ultimately the decision of the person who caught it. .
“I don’t know where it is, so we’ll see what happens with that,” he said after the game. “It would be great to get it back, but it’s a fan memento, so, you know, they made a great catch and they have every right to it.”
Meanwhile, another fan who had less luck appeared jumping from the stands in an attempt to catch Judge’s ball. Local sports reporter Joe Trahan reported that the fan is “physically fine” but was ejected from the park for leaving the stands.
If Youmans decided to sell the ball, he could fetch millions at auction. Goldin, founder of goldin auctionstold CBS News that the ball “will be one of the most expensive baseballs ever sold.”
“With a Yankees player breaking the record for another iconic Yankees player, it could mean this ball will sell in the $1.25 million to $2 million range,” he said.
Heritage Auction’s director of sports collectibles, Chris Ivy, saidthat there is already a $2 million offer on the table.
Goldin noted that “special event items like this tend to build interest over time,” but also recognized the advantage of selling them while the time is new.
“The sooner after the event the item goes up for auction, the more it will sell for,” he said.