In the outfield at Globe Life Field, high-fiving with fans and surrounded by a sea of cameras, he looked like Corey Youmans had hit a huge home run. Instead he hit the jackpot.
Youmans made the catch of a lifetime on Tuesday night, snagging a ball thrown by New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge. For his American League record 62nd homer.
The historic souvenir came in the front row of the 31st Division in left field, a drive Judge scored to lead off the second game of a day-night doubleheader against the Texas Rangers. Youmans caught it in flight.
Youmans, of Dallas, works in finance. Ken Goldin, Executive Chairman of Goldin Auctions, told the New York Times He believes Judge’s home-run ball will fetch between $750,000 and $1.25m if it goes up for sale. However, JP Cohen, president of memory site Memory Lane, He has said that he will give 2 million dollars Credit for the ball and the show at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday. He said the offer is still on the table.
“If he wants to sell it, I think the offer is fair,” Cohen told the AP in a phone interview.
The Most expensive home-run baseball of all time Received $3 million including commission in 1999. It was the ball Mark McGwire hit for his then-record 70th home run in 1998.
Youmans was asked what he planned to do with the prize as he carried the ball for recognition, surrounded by security personnel.
“Good question. I hadn’t thought about that,” he said.
After the Yankees lost 3-2, Judge said he didn’t have the home-run ball.
“I don’t know where it is,” he said. “We’ll see what happens with that. It would be nice to get it back, but it’s a souvenir for a fan. He made a great catch there and they have every right to that.
Soon after a local TV station aired a brief interview with Youmans on a sidewalk, Brie Amaranthus tweeted: “This is my husband.” Amaranthus is a reporter who covers the Dallas Cowboys and was once a contestant on The Bachelor.
Youmans was in a crowd of 38,832, the largest to see a baseball game at Globe Life Field in its three-year history.
Many fans at Rangers Stadium wore Yankees hats and jerseys. Few came to see the judge make history. Some came for the history. Some traveled long distances.
In the latter two categories is Jimmy Bennicaso of Norwalk, Connecticut, a fan of the Yankees’ cross-city rivals. “I’m a Mets fan, really,” Bennicaso said. “Cowboy and Met fan is a tough combination.”
Bennicaso was at home in Connecticut on Monday night and saw the loss on Judge’s homer in the first of four games against the Rangers in three days. He ran an idea to his girlfriend, what if she went to Texas to witness the judge’s chase?
“She said, ‘Yeah, go for it,'” he said.
Bennicaso caught a morning flight to Texas. Being self-employed in real estate investments helped, he said. Bennicaso positioned himself in the lower base of the right-field stands.
Instead, Judge hit a home run that broke the AL record set by Roger Morris in 1961. Empty-handed, Bennicaso planned to return home Wednesday morning.
“It’s worth it,” he said. “I gave it my best shot.”
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