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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

An ‘A’ for effort?

An MLB fan on Tuesday night went viral for his humorous — and painful — attempt to catch Aaron Judge’s 62nd home run ball. 
Judge led off New York’s game in Texas with a solo shot to left field to set what some believe to be the new home run record — edging Roger Maris’ 61 homers in 1961 and seen as more deserving of the honor than the totals hit by Barry Bonds (73), Mark McGwire (70, 65) and Sammy Sosa (64, 63) during the steroid era. 

Judge’s home run ball looked like it would narrowly miss the first row. At Globe Life Field, there is a tunnel between the elevated first row and the left field fence, and the fan presumably hoped the ball would fall short of the first row or that the fans jockeying for it would drop the homer and it would fall below. 

According to the Dallas Morning News, the fan wasn’t injured in the fall but was removed from the game for jumping the railing. 

The fan who ended up with the ball, Cory Youmans, a Rangers supporter, kept his cool and caught the ball in his glove with ease. The ball could be worth millions. The Memory Lane auction house has already offered $2 million for the ball, according to Sports Illustrated. Youmans has said he isn’t sure what he will do with the ball yet. 

Either way, the video of Judge’s momentous jack will always include the funny moment of a desperate fan hoping for a jackpot. 

• Jacob Calvin Meyer can be reached at jmeyer@washingtontimes.com.

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