NFL reporter Sara Walsh discovered some giant sports-related news on Wednesday evening. Her husband, Toronto Blue Jays bullpen coach Matt Buschmann, briefly possessed Aaron Judge’s historic 61st home run ball.
During Wednesday’s road game against the Toronto Blue Jays, the AL MVP front-runner clubbed his milestone 61st homer into the left field stands. Judge is now tied with Yankee great Roger Maris for the most homers in a single season by an American League player.
A Blue Jays fan was super close to catching the ball, but it wound up falling into the Blue Jays’ bullpen. And there was Buschmann to the rescue, grabbing the baseball and making sure it was safely secured.
Walsh made a humorous joke on Buschmann’s selflessness by claiming that she’s seeking a divorce.
Judge’s home run came during the seventh inning of the game, putting the Yankees on top 5-3. They tacked on three more runs and cruised to an 8-3 victory to secure the series, one day after clinching the AL East division crown for the first time since 2019.
Maris set the MLB single season home run record back in 1961, and it held for over three decades before Mark McGwire, then of the St. Louis Cardinals, mashed 70 in the 1998 season. Three years later, Bond set the new record by hitting 73 dingers with the San Francisco Giants.
It’s been a career-changing season for Judge, to say the least. He rejected a mammoth offer worth over $200 million from the Yankees in the offseason, and the four-time All-Star is sure to make far more than what the team offered.
Judge and the Yankees, who moved to 96-59 with Wednesday’s victory over the Blue Jays, will receive a first-round by to the American League Division Series along with the AL Central Champion Houston Astros.
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