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Fan who caught Aaron Judge’s 62nd HR ball gets $2M offer from auctioneer

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Corey Youmans, the fan who hit New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge’s 62nd home run, has a very important choice to make. We’ve just got a solid foundation for the money we’re talking about.

J.P. Cohen, president of sports memorabilia auction house Memory Lane Inc., told the Associated Press Wednesday that he offered $2 million for a ball that broke the American League home run record. Youmans reportedly did not respond to his messages or emails.

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From AP:

“I think this offer is way above fair if he’s inclined to sell it,” Cohen said in a phone interview with AP on Wednesday.

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At this price, it’s no surprise that the fans were ready to jump from the stands in a doomed attempt to catch the ball.

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The record price for a home run ball is still $3 million for Mark McGuire’s 70th home run ball since 1998. With the price of sports memorabilia constantly on the rise, Cohen’s offer could very well be low.

What should an Aaron Judge HR ball catcher do?

The ultimate fate of the historic ball has been a major issue as history has been looming for Judge and, to a lesser extent, Albert Pujol this season.

Fans have every right to take the ball, return home and keep it in their basement for the rest of their lives. They could sell the ball to a collector or put it up for auction and make a decent fortune. Or they could return it to the team and player, often in exchange for a below-market reward, such as a signed ball or future tickets.

That’s what Youmans, a Dallas native who works in the financial sector, is doing right now. It’s a very good problem, as you can tell by the delight of his wife Bree Amaranthus, a former Bachelor contestant turned reporter for Sports Illustrated, after learning of his catch.

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 4: Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees walks past the bases after his 62nd home run of the season against the Texas Rangers during the first half in Game 2 of a double header at Globe Life Field The 4th of October.  , 2022, Arlington, Texas.  Judge set the American League home run record in a single season.  (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)
Aaron Judge gave Corey Youmans an interesting choice. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

The Yankees are likely hoping Youmans will return the ball, although selling it to Cohen seems like a good bet. He reportedly told the AP that his company had a good relationship with the Yankees and would be willing to lend a ball to the team for an exhibition, which his company had often done in the past.

As for what Judge thinks, he’s clearly hoping to get the ball back, but understands if Youmans goes the other way.

From AP:

“I don’t know where he is,” he said. “Let’s see what happens with this. It would be great to have it back, but it’s a souvenir for a fan. He made a great catch there, and they have every right to it.

For now, the judge has more important things to worry about.



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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