Aaron Judge hit his 61st home run of the season against the Blue Jays on Wednesday, equaling Roger Maris’ single-season records in the American League and the Yankees. The historical ball It was reportedly worth as much as $2 million it landed in the hands of a lucky fan. But on that chilly night in Toronto, the fan wasn’t so lucky.
When the judge took left winger Tim Mayza deep in the seventh inning for Dinger No. 61, the ball traveled painfully close to a Blue Jays fan who couldn’t catch it from his outside court. Here’s a look at a moment he won’t soon forget:
Seeing Judge make history clearly didn’t mean as much to the fan as owning a piece of it like he did caught on camera pouting and slamming his cap in frustration Moments after the ball has left his field of view.
Luckily for Judge and the Yankees, the ball bounced into the hands of Blue Jays bullpen coach Matt Buschmann. Bushman and the Jays’ bullpen, specifically the closer Jordan Romano, then made sure the ball got to Yankees staff.
“From what I heard from our bullpen boys, Romano was the guy who sort of passed it.” judges to reporters. “To get that kind of support and a stylish move from him that’s one of the best in the game definitely means a lot. I have to try to find him here and thank him for that, that’s for sure.”
After the game, Judge and his mother, Patty Judge, posed for a photo with the record ball.
With home run #61 out of the way, Judge only needs one in his team’s last seven games to take sole control of the Yankees and AL’s single-season records. He’s unlikely to match or surpass the MLB record of 73 home runs set by Barry Bonds for the Giants in 2001.
It was quite a two-game stretch for Judge. On Tuesday, his Yankees won the AL East with a 5-2 win over the Blue Jays. He then matched Maris’ 61 home runs the next day. If the saying “good things come in threes” is true, maybe we can expect Judge’s 62nd homer on Friday against the Orioles at Yankee Stadium.
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