The fan who caught Aaron Judge’s 62nd home run ball has been identified.
Per Joe Trahan of WFAA, the lucky fan is Corey Youmans of Dallas. Trahan shared a video of Youmans being escorted by security, and he briefly spoke to reporters on his way out.
Youmans was asked what he was going to do with the baseball, stating that he hasn’t “thought about it.”
According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Youmans serves as the vice president of Fisher Investments, a giant money management based in Camas, Washington.
Nightengale added that the baseball is “expected to be worth at least $2 million.”
Judge’s 62 home runs are the most ever in a single-season for a player in the American League. The record of 61 was previously held Yankee great Roger Maris, which he set in 1961.
The 30-year-old Judge hit his 61st of the season in the Yankees’ 8-3 road win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sept. 28. The likely 2022 AL MVP has struggled at the plate over the last two weeks, and he was walked a whopping 30 times in the month of September.
It took considerably longer than expected, but Judge finally managed to make history on the penultimate day of the regular season. He can now relax and keep his main focus on leading the Pinstripes to a World Series championship.
The four-time All-Star turned down a lucrative contract extension worth over $200 million from the Yankees earlier this offseason. Judge wisely bet on himself, and it’s safe to guess that his next contract will fetch close to $300 million. Possibly even a lot more.
Judge and the Yankees will conclude the regular season against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday. They’ll receive a first-round bye along with the AL Central champion Houston Astros and head straight to the ALDS.
A record-setting season that will surely net him an MVP award and a life-changing contract. All that’s left now for Judge is to help New York to its first World Series title since 2009.