MLB: $2 million bid to fan who caught Judge’s 62nd homer

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The owner of a collectibles business says he’s offered $2 million to the fan who caught Aaron Judge’s 62nd goal of the season.

JP Cohen, president of Memory Lane Inc., told AAssociated Press that he texted and emailed Cory Youmans, the man who caught the prized ball Tuesday at Globe Life Field in Arlington. Cohen clarified that Youmans has yet to respond to his messages.

“I feel like the offer is more than reasonable, if he’s willing to sell it,” Cohen said.

Youmans, who was in the front row of Section 31, grabbed the souvenir as the ball headed toward left field.

The long ball allowed the New Yankees outfielder to eclipse the American League record of 61 homers held by Roger Maris since 1961. Many consider this a Major League Baseball record, as the only National League hitters were affected by steroid scandals.

Youmans, who is originally from Dallas, works in finance. On Tuesday, he was asked what he planned to do with his priceless catch as security guards brought the ball in for authentication.

“Good question. I haven’t thought about it yet,” he replied.

The highest selling price for a home run is $3 million. The ball that sold for this price was Mark McGwire’s 70th home run of the 1998 season.

Cohen previously pledged $2 million for Judge’s 62nd home run. He said his company has a good relationship with the Yankees and would be willing to loan the team a ball for display. He added that the team often displayed items belonging to Memory Lane at Yankee Stadium.

“We made an offer of $2 million and that offer still stands,” Cohen admitted.

With the Yankees down 3-2, Judge said he was out of possession for his 62nd home run.

“I don’t know where it is,” he said. We’ll see what happens. It would be great to have it back, but it’s a keepsake for the fan. He made a good catch and has the right to do what he wants. ยป

Youmans was among the largest crowd of 38,832 to attend a baseball game at the three-year-old stadium.

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