The Dallas resident who caught Aaron Judge’s historic 62nd home run ball Tuesday at Globe Life Field in Arlington has a potentially lucrative option to sell his catch, already estimated as being worth millions of dollars.
Cory Youmans, a Rangers fan, caught the ball in lower left field in the first row, snatching baseball history with his black Mizuno glove, WFAA reported.
After Youmans was taken away from the stands by stadium security so the ball could be authenticated, he was approached by a WFAA sports anchor who asked him what he intended to do with the ball.
“That’s a good question,” Youmans responded. “I haven’t thought about it.”
Youmans was reported as being in a state of shock.
InsideHook wrote that a California auction house, Memory Lane, offered Youmans $2 million for the prized baseball.
“We did make an offer of $2 million and that offer is still valid,” JP Cohen, president of Memory Lane, told the Associated Press. “I feel the offer is way above fair, if he is inclined to sell it.”
Youmans is a vice president at an investment firm called Fisher Investments in Plano, which manages more than $197 billion.
The 62nd home run broke the record for most home runs in the American League in a single season, beating the previous record holder, Roger Maris, as previously reported by The Dallas Express.
Judge said at the post-game press conference that Youmans had a right to the ball.
“I don’t know where it is,” he said. “It would be nice to get it, but the guy made a great catch.”
Youmans is the husband of Dallas Cowboys reporter Bri Amaranthus, who posted a video of him on Twitter and wrote, “THIS IS MY HUSBAND.”
Although Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, and Sammy Sosa are ahead of Judge for the MLB single-season home runs on paper. However, their records are considered by some to be invalid because of their alleged, and in some cases admitted, use of performance-enhancing drugs.