Yankees fan who caught Aaron Judge’s 60th home run ball returns it to the team


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The fan caught the ball, but he may have dropped the bag. Michael Kessler, 20, caught Aaron Judge’s Tuesday night’s 60th home run ball at Yankee Stadium. Shortly after the Yankeeswanted 9-8 comeback victory about the pirateshe handed the ball back to Judge instead of keeping it for himself or selling it.

“I gave it back to Aaron,” Kessler told the New York Post. “It bounced off someone’s hand. I reached and grabbed it and just hugged it. I just choked it. It came sideways. It was a crazy pile.”

Just after Kessler secured the home run ball, Yankee Stadium security personnel quickly approached him. That was when Kessler decided he wanted to give the ball back to Judge. In exchange for the ball, Kessler received other autographed baseballs from Judge and an autographed bat from the Yankees slugger. In addition, Judge also took a solo photo with Kessler along with a group photo of him with his friends.

Judge’s 60th home run tied Babe Ruth’s record set in 1927. Now, the Yankees outfielder is just one home run away from Roger Maris who tied for the single-season home run record in the American League.

How much money might Kessler have turned down by giving Judge the ball back? Well, the 60th home run ball could be worth anywhere from $100,000 to $150,000, according to David Kohler of SCP Auctions. Kohler told TMZ that he believes Judge’s 61st home run ball could be worth between $200,000 and $250,000, while a potential 62nd home run ball could be worth more than $500,000.

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For what will ultimately be Judge’s final home run of the 2022 season, Kohler believes it could bring in $1 million.