Meet the fan who caught Aaron Judge’s 60th homer
Deal or no deal?
Michael Kesser chose deal.
The 20-year-old Yankees fan caught a valuable piece of MLB history Tuesday night, hauling in Aaron Judge’s 60th home run of the season during the Yankees’ walk-off 9-8 win over the Pirates. The home run notably tied Judge with Babe Ruth’s single-season famous mark, and brought Judge within one of Roger Maris’ American League — and untainted by steroids — single-season record of 61.
“It hit the top of the bullpen, hit off someone’s hand, I just reached and grabbed it,” Kessler told reporters after the game. “It wasn’t so of a much a pile, I tried to get off to the side and get out of there as quick as possible.”
Unlike most fans in possession of history, the Yankees and New York City-native Kesser were able to quickly and easily make a deal to transfer possession of the ball to the Yankees, per multiple reports. Kesser and his friends received signed bats and balls, and Kesser will get to meet Judge himself.
“Any way I could give back to Judge, he’s given so much to the organization,” Kesser said. “Just doing my part.”
Everything to know about Aaron Judge and his chase for the home run record:
Judge’s ninth-inning home run cut the Yankees’ deficit to 8-5 in the ninth inning. After Anthony Rizzo doubled, Gleyber Torres’ walk and Josh Donaldson’s single, loaded the bases, Giancarlo Stanton drilled a line-drive grand slam to walk-off the Pirates and deliver the Yankees an iconic win.
Judge continues his quest to tie, and break, Maris’ record Wednesday night, where thousands of fans will hope to match Kesser’s feat.
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