Here's the fan who caught Judge's 62nd home run

October 5th, 2022

ARLINGTON -- Dallas resident Cory Youmans had a front-row seat to history -- literally.

Sitting in left field -- Section 31, Row 1, Seat 3 -- at Globe Life Field on Tuesday night, Youmans was the lucky Rangers fan who caught Yankees slugger 's 62nd home run ball that broke Roger Maris’ all-time AL home run record.

Three pitches into the second game of a day-night doubleheader, Judge sent Rangers right-hander Jesus Tinoco’s 88 mph slider a Statcast-projected 391 feet to the lower deck -- and into Youmans’ glove. Youmans, soon sandwiched between two Yankees fans, was later escorted through the ballpark by security and asked by WFAA’s Joe Trahan what he’d do with the ball.

“That’s a good question," Youmans responded. "I haven’t thought about it."

When Judge launched his 60th home run of the season on Sept. 20, the ball was caught by 20-year-old Michael Kessler, who swapped it out in exchange for a clubhouse meet-and-greet with Judge, four autographed baseballs and a signed game bat.

Judge's 61st home run fell just out of reach for fans as it was retrieved by a member of the Blue Jays’ bullpen in Toronto. The ball was passed along to Judge, who later presented it to his mother, Patty.

As for No. 62, estimated by some to be worth millions, it is still with Youmans, who has another sports -- and celebrity -- connection: He's married to Cowboys and Mavericks reporter Bri Amaranthus, who also appeared on "The Bachelor."

By the end of the Yankees’ 3-2 loss to the Rangers in the nightcap on Tuesday, the milestone ball hadn’t been returned to Judge.

“We'll see what happens with that,” Judge said. “It'd be great to get it back, but you know, that’s a souvenir for a fan. They made a great catch out there, and they’ve got every right to it.”