The American League has a new single-season home run king.
On Tuesday, New York Yankees star Aaron Judge launched his 62nd home run of the season on the road against the Texas Rangers, which effectively broke the AL’s record he shared with Roger Maris.
As you may have heard, that ball is very valuable and the fan who caught is about to have their life change overnight.
Darren Rovell took to Twitter and stated that the ball already has an offer of $2 million.
“It’s a $2M guaranteed catch for the guy who caught it on a fly. @MemoryLaneInc has offered that for this ball.
If he denies a Yankee offer, he cannot leave the ballpark WITHOUT getting it authenticated. MLB makes no guarantees it will do it after.”
“There’s already a bounty from another memorabilia dealer that I’m aware of for $2 million to get that and you know, it could get more of the open market as well but I do think that’s a pretty strong number,” Chris Ivy, Heritage Auctions director of sports collectables said.
He said there’s a chance Judge may want the ball himself.
“I’m negotiating with maybe Aaron Judge or the Yankees,” Ivy said. “I mean, the Yankees, I think Aaron Judge got back both number 60 and 61.”
The record-setting homer came three days after the 61st anniversary of the day Maris passed the legendary Babe Ruth with his 61st home run.
The only previous seasons to surpass Maris’ 61 were mounted by Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa.