Though not the all-time MLB record, the 62nd home run of the 2022 season by Yankees Aaron Judge carries a lot significance to many people.
Aaron Judge 62 home run : Who caught | Video
It seems like the entire MLB universe is focused upon Aaron Judge and his quest for immortality. The New York Yankees slugger has been the talk of the MLB as the regular season reaches its end with Judge (currently) hitting his 62nd home run or leading the Triple Crown race. MLB Twitter couldn’t help but ask themselves if the pressure had reached Judge.
Currently, the Yankees have two games remaining for Judge to produce at the MVP-level he has played all season. Unfortunately for Judge, he finds himself in a slump to close out the season, recording only 2 hits in his last 12 at-bats. This is obviously something that non-Yankee fans have been relishing.
While Judge seems focussed on hitting his coveted 62nd home run of the year, his push for the Triple Crown seems to have suffered. Now, as the pressure mounts, he may very well watch both accomplishments pass him by. Luis Arraez of the Minnesota Twins is currently on pace to win the batting title, stealing the Triple Crown from under Judge.
The last time a player won the MLB Triple Crown was Miguel Cabrera in 2012. The legendary slugger finished the season with a .330 batting average, 44 home runs, and 149 RBIs on the way to being named the AL MVP.
Aaron Judge 62 home run who caught
Cory Youmans, the fan who caught Yankees superstar Aaron Judge’s record-breaking 62nd home run Tuesday night, has already turned down offers of $2million for his piece of history.
Judge finally broke the single-season AL home run record Tuesday night, and Youmans, who muscled his way above his rivals to catch the ball, is in for a massive payday.
JP Cohen, the president of Memory Lane, reportedly put out that offer before it was even hit and it remains to be seen what the ball could fetch in an open auction.
After catching the home run ball, which was hit in the first inning in Texas against the Rangers, Youmans was seen being escorted away from his seat by security.
Youmans was asked was asked what he was going to do with the ball after he secured the valuable artifact. ‘That’s a good question, I haven’t thought about it,’ he said.
But Youmans might not need the cash as he is a Vice-President of Fisher Investments, which manages $197 billion worldwide, according to USA Today.
Youmans happens to be the husband of Dallas sports reporter and Bachelor Nation alum Bri Amaranthus.
Amaranthus celebrated her husband’s mega-money catch on social media as she quote tweeted a video of Youmans being whisked away by security, writing: ‘THIS IS MY HUSBAND’.
62 home run video
With 62 in the bag, New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge is now the American League’s all-time single-season home run champion. Some might also recognize him as the “real” or “true” single-season champ for all of Major League Baseball.
That’s a no from us, but it is with zero reservations that we’re about to argue for Judge’s 2022 season as the most impressive entry in MLB’s six-member 60 Home Run Club.
First things first, though. Or rather, 62nd things 62nd.
Having already matched Babe Ruth’s old record of 60 from 1927 on Sept. 20 and Roger Maris’ subsequent record of 61 from 1961 on Wednesday, it was on Tuesday that Judge finally claimed the all-time AL mark for himself. His 62nd home run was a 391-foot blast off Texas Rangers righty Jesus Tinoco.
Though Judge is still 11 home runs short of the MLB-record 73 that Barry Bonds hit in 2001, Roger Maris Jr. surely isn’t alone in his refusal to validate Bonds’ mark.
“Seventy-three is the record. In my book. No matter what people want to say about that era of baseball, for me, they went out there and hit 73 homers and 70 homers, and that to me is what the record is. The AL record is 61, so that is one I can kind of try to go after. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, it’s been a fun year so far.”
There may have also been other home run-friendly factors during baseball’s steroid era. Expansion in 1993 and 1998 theoretically thinned out the league’s pitching, and a juiced ball might have been in play.