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Who is Cory Youmans, the fan who caught Aaron Judge’s 62nd home run?

Aaron Judge hit his 62nd home run in the game the Yankees lost 3-2 to the Texas Rangers. Meet the lucky fan.

¿Quién es Courey Youmans, el aficionado que atrapó el home run 62 de Aaron Judge?
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Everyone in the record crowd of 38,832 fans was waiting for Aaron Judge to make history with his 62nd home run, the one that would take him past Roger Maris and make him the player with the most home runs in a season in the American League. That home run came on Tuesday night during the match in which the Yankees lost 3-2 to the Texas Rangers, but in which New Yorkers celebrated the feat of the ‘Judge’.

Cory Youmans: the man with Judge’s record ball

With fans in the crowd hoping to catch that homer by Judge -- the value of the ball known to be life changing -- who hit at the top of the first innings against the team of Venezuelan Jesús Tinoco, however, only one was lucky enough to keep the historic ball. His name was Cory Youmans.

How much could Aaron Judge record ball be worth?

A fan recorded a video which captured Youmans as he grabbed the ball and held onto it tightly. He wasn’t letting that piece of history go. According to some sources, the Yankees want to keep Judge’s 62nd home run ball, and would be willing to bid for it, which could be worth up to two million dollars. An auction house has already offered this amount.

Cory Youmans, a vice president at a branch of Fisher Investments, which manages $197 billion worldwide, and husband to Sports Illustrated reporter Bri Amaranthus, was sitting in the front row of Section 31 in left field at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, when he snared Judge’s leadoff blast on the fly. Surrounded by security personnel he was taken away for the baseball to be authenticated, and was asked about his plans.

“Good question. I haven’t thought about it,” Youmans said briefly.

Judge confirmed after the Yankees’ 3-2 loss that he did not have the baseball.

“I don’t know where it’s at,” said Judge, who broke former Yankees slugger Roger Maris’ 1961 AL record.

“We’ll see what happens with that. It would be great to get it back, but that’s a souvenir for a fan. He made a great catch out there, and they’ve got every right to it.”


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