Fan Offered $2 Million for Judge .’s Record Ball

The owner of a sports memorabilia auction house says he bid $2 million ($3.1 million) to the fan who caught Aaron Judge’s American League-record 62nd home run.

J.P. Cohen, president of Memory Lane Inc. in Tustin, Calif., says he texted and emailed Cory Youmans, who captured the New York Yankees slugger’s landmark shot Tuesday at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.

“I think the offer is way beyond reasonable, if he’s inclined to sell it,” Cohen said on Wednesday, also revealing he hadn’t received a response yet.

Youmans grabbed the historic souvenir on the spot as it entered the front row of Section 31 in left field.

The homer pushed Judge past Roger Maris for the AL season record — a mark many consider baseball’s “clean” standard, as the only National League players to hit more have been corroded by steroid ties.

Youmans, from Dallas, works in the financial world. On Tuesday, he was asked what he planned to do with the prize, while security personnel took him to have it authenticated.

‘Good question. I haven’t thought about it,’ he said.

The record price for a home run ball is $3 million ($A4.7 million), paid for Mark McGwire’s record 70th of the 1998 season.

Cohen had previously pledged to bid $2 million for Judge’s 62nd home run.

He said his company has a good relationship with the Yankees and is willing to lend the ball to the team for an exhibition.

He added that the team has regularly exhibited items from Memory Lane at Yankee Stadium.

“We did make an offer of $2 million and that offer is still valid,” Cohen said.

After the Yankees lost 3-2, Judge said he didn’t have possession of the home run ball.

“I don’t know where it is,” he said. “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 there and has every right to do so.”

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

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