Aaron Judge hit his 62nd home run of the season in the New York Yankees’ loss to the Texas Rangers on Tuesday.
The home run gives Judge the American League record for most home runs in a season besting Roger Maris, who previously held the record with 61 that he set all the way back in 1961.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) October 5, 2022
According to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi the ball landed in Section 31, Row 1, Seat 3 of Globe Life Field. The man who caught the ball, later identified as Corey Youmans was escorted by security to an unidentified location in the stadium to authenticate the ball and have it officially dedicated.
Youmans informed a number of press outlets that he didn’t know what he was going to do with the ball.
When asked, Youmans said, “That’s a good question. I haven’t thought about it.”
— Joe Trahan (@JoeTrahan) October 5, 2022
While Youmans came up with the ball, another fan attempted to play the odds seemingly hoping the ball would bounce down back onto the field. He leaped from his seat down onto the field, but it was all for naught as Youmans came up with the ball.
Bold strategy from this fan absolutely sending it off the wall for the Aaron Judge ball that landed about 10 seats away pic.twitter.com/PF34Qg1hb0
— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) October 5, 2022
After the game, Judge revealed he did not get the ball from Youmans, but said he would like to have it.
When asked if he’d gotten the ball, Judge replied, “Not yet. I don’t know where it’s at. We’ll see what happens with that. It’d be great to get it back, but that’s a souvenir for a fan. They made a great catch out there and they’ve got every right to it.”
Judge also noted that his most memorable part of his chase for the home run record was the fans.
He explained, “The fans at home. The fans on the road. The constant support. Seeing Yankee Stadium on their feet for every single at bat. They are booing pitchers for throwing balls, which I’ve never seen before. I think I got a base hit the other night and I was getting booed for a single. Little moments like that you look back on.”
“It would have been great to do it at Yankee Stadium in front of our home fans, but I know a lot of Yankee fans they travel; they travel well. There was a lot of Yankee fans here tonight and getting a chance to share that experience with the fans that’s what it is about for me,” he said.
What would you do if you caught Judge’s 62nd home run?