- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 6, 2022

The fan who caught New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge’s record-breaking 62nd home run ball on Tuesday has been offered $2 million for it by a sports memorabilia auction house.

The ball was caught by fan Cory Youmans. Youmans said after the game that he had not yet discerned what he was going to do with the piece of sports history.

JP Cohen, president of sports memorabilia auction house Memory Lane Inc., has reached out to Youmans with a $2 million offer.  Youmans has yet to respond.

“I feel the offer is way above fair, if he is inclined to sell it,” Cohen told The Associated Press.

Cohen and Memory Lane Inc. had announced prior to the record being broken that they would pay $2 million for Mr. Judge’s 62nd home run ball.

“We did make an offer of $2 million and that offer is still valid,” Cohen told the AP.

Cohen has collaborated with the Yankees and the team’s museum in the past, and would be willing to loan out the ball for display to the team.

“We’re hoping that [Youmans] takes us up on our offer. … We do a lot of work with the Yankees museum and would be happy to share the ball with fans as a display and work with the Yankees to make that happen,” Cohen told the New York Post.

Judge himself also expressed interest in obtaining his record-breaking ball, but he acknowledged that Youmans caught it fair and square.

“It would be great to get it back, but that’s a souvenir for a fan. He made a great catch out there, and they’ve got every right to it,”  Judge said, AP reported.

Judge’s homer broke the American League in-season home-run record, which had stood at 61 since fellow Yankee Roger Maris’ 1961 season. Before that, the record had been held by Babe Ruth, who hit 60 for the Yankees in 1927.

The National League record, and with it the Major League Baseball record, were broken during baseball’s “steroid era.”

Mark McGwire’s 70 home runs for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1998, along with Sammy Sosa’s 66 home runs for the Chicago Cubs the same season, initially broke Maris’ record.

San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds would reach 73 home runs in the 2001 season.

All three players were later implicated in the MLB steroid scandal as having used performance-enhancing drugs.

After Judge’s home run, Maris’ son Roger Maris Jr. tweeted his congratulations.

The late player’s son made an emphasis of the record being clean, implying that he saw Judge as the rightful MLB in-season home run record holder.

• Brad Matthews can be reached at bmatthews@washingtontimes.com.

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