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New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge finally joined Roger Maris with 61 home runs in a single season on Wednesday night, hitting a 117 mph hit over the left-field fence to tie the league record. American.
It was a special baseball that landed in the Toronto Blue Jays’ bullpen, but instead it almost landed in a fan’s glove.
Of course, that historic home run would have been extremely valuable to whoever caught it in the stands. After all, pitchers used special baseballs that were marked to authenticate the explosion should it occur.
As the ball got closer and closer to the stands, one fan seemed to be in the perfect position on the railing of the left field seats, leaning over and following the ball all the way.
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But just as the ball reached his glove, it hit the leather and just went down. And with that, the fan’s stomach probably did too.
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He was this close to a potential big payday, if he decided to walk out of the ballpark with the ball.
Brandon Steiner, owner of Steiner Sports Memorabilia, told ESPN New York that Judge’s 61st home run could be worth $2.5 million.
The Yankees return to the Bronx to face the Baltimore Orioles this weekend before heading to Texas to face the Rangers in their final regular season series. If Judge makes it to No. 62, he could fall in the $5-10 million range, Ken Goldin of Goldin Auctions tells The Action Network.
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However, No. 61 went to Blue Jays bullpen coach Matt Buschman after the fan failed to catch a web gem in the seats.
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Judge called it a “class act” by Buschman and the Blue Jays, who turned the ball over to the Yankees. His team manager has it locked up and safely stored for Judge to add to his trophy case.