NEW YORK — Standing in the concourse behind the Yankee Stadium outfield Tuesday night, Matthew Smith, 21, baseball cap on backward, beer in hand, said he knows what he would do if he caught one of Aaron Judge’s hoped-for record-breaking home runs: give it the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. He had seats right behind Judge’s right field stalking grounds.
Told some experts are appraising at $20 million total the balls Judge may hit for his 60th, 61st and 62nd home runs, the latter of which would break the American League record and be the most by a player not tainted by the steroid era, the Ramapo College music major doubles down.
“It’s part of history,” Smith said, speaking a few innings before Judge hit his 60th home run. That ball was returned by a Generation Z cohort, Michael Kessler, who only asked for some team swag and to meet the bomber himself. (The chances someone could possess all three balls at once, and thereby sell them for $20 million, is very remote, to say the least.)
GO DEEPERAaron Judge's teammates just excited to be along for his ride toward history