ONTARIO — Aaron Judge will donate memorabilia from his record-tying 61st home run to the National Baseball Hall of Fame at some time in the very near future. The star Yankees player hasn’t made up his mind yet; he may mail his helmet, bat, or uniform to the renowned Cooperstown, N.Y., museum.
But one thing is certain: No. 61 will never be seen within a display case that is open to the public. Mom owns the one in question.
After hitting a Tim Mayza fastball into the Blue Jays bullpen on Wednesday to tie Roger Maris’ 61-year-old American League record for home runs in a season, Judge gave his mother, Patty, the priceless ball outside Rogers Centre’s visiting clubhouse immediately after the game’s last out.
She has been on my side the entire time, Judge added. Since I was in Little League, my parents have supported me in a variety of ways, including helping me get ready for school, going to my first few practises and games, and seeing me play. in my first professional game. This is something unique, and we’re not done yet. This is my debut, and I now have the opportunity to be here for this.
Patty patiently watched as her son attempted to hit a home run that the entire sports world seemed to be waiting for throughout the three games in Toronto while sitting next to Roger Maris Jr.
She applauded as Judge circled the bases, and as reality began to sink in, she appeared to become clearly upset. After the explosion, Maris gave Judge’s mother a bear hug. Patty Judge and Maris were both invited to Judge’s post-game news conference at Rogers Centre.
It was a lot of fun getting to know her and learning a little bit about the family, said Maris. “It’s clear why Aaron behaves the way he does. The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree, as you can see. The family appears to be quite sensible.
Indeed, Judge appeared to manage the heightened attention brought on by the search for No. 61 with ease. He claimed that his family had no trouble navigating the 35 plate appearances between Nos. 60 and 61.
Judge remarked, “I think they were good. “My wife [Samantha] has been by my side the entire time. She is undoubtedly as composed as a cucumber. And my folks, my dad [Wayne] knows when I get one, I believe you’ve seen a few replays. There were a few near misses, but he immediately realised, “Nah, that’s nothing.” The next time, he’ll get it.
So it means the world to me just to have them support and to have my mom here for this occasion.
Judge and his family were delighted that the ball, which had been valued at much to $2 million, had ended up in the Blue Jays’ bullpen, where it was picked up by bullpen coach Matt Buschmann and handed to closer Jordan Romano.
Zack Britton, a Yankees relief pitcher, took the baseball from the Toronto pitcher and handed it to Mark Kafalas, a team security official, who verified its legitimacy. Near the MLB logo, the number 61 was identified by the letter-number combination “T 9” in bold black letters.
Romano remarked, “Anyone would have done it.” We simply didn’t want to deliver it to the incorrect individual. It would have undoubtedly ended up in the appropriate hands. However, as the ball entered, there were about 15 people back there vying for it. We made sure to give it to Britton when he arrived.
The judge praised Romano, one of the best players in the game, for his “class-act move.” surely means a lot. Definitely, I need to track him out and thank him for it.
Britton jokingly stated that he and Judge will “speak on the aircraft” about his finder’s fee and that they are “still in discussions.”
More mementos needed to be brought back to new york attractions New York. Brian O’Nora, the home-plate umpire, also praised Judge for matching Maris’ milestone and gave him the game’s lineup card. If and when Judge hits No. 62, one can only picture the pandemonium that would ensue, especially if it occurs in the Bronx.