A $2 million reward has been made to the fan who caught Aaron Judge’s 62nd home hit. The owner of a sports memorabilia auction firm in California claims he has made a $2 million offer to the fan who caught Aaron Judge’s American League-record 62nd home run.
JP Cohen, president of Tustin-based Memory Lane Inc., told the Associated Press that he texted and emailed Cory Youmans, the man who caught Judge’s game-winning shot in Arlington, Texas, on Tuesday night. Cohen claims Youmans has yet to respond. ”
I feel the offer is much above reasonable if he is inclined to sell it,” Cohen told the AP over the phone on Wednesday. Youmans snatched the historic memento on the fly as it rocketed into Section 31 in left field at Globe Life Field. The homer moved Judge above Roger Maris for the AL season record, which many believe to be baseball’s “clean” standard because the only National League players who hit more have been tainted by steroid usage.
Youmans, who is from Dallas, works in the financial world. He was asked Tuesday what he planned to do with the prize while security personnel whisked him away to have it authenticated.
“That’s a good question. “I haven’t considered it,” he remarked.
The record price for a home run ball is $3 million, which was paid for Mark McGwire’s record 70th in 1998.
Cohen said he would pay $2 million for Judge’s 62nd home run. He stated that his company has an excellent relationship with the Yankees and is willing to give the ball to the team for a display. He also stated that the team has routinely displayed objects held by Memory Lane at Yankee Stadium.
“We made a $2 million offer, which is still current,” Cohen added.
Following the Yankees’ 3-2 loss, Judge stated that he did not possess the home run ball.
“I’m not sure where it is,” he admitted. “We’ll see what happens there.” 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.”