New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge hits a home run Wednesday in the seventh inning to tie Roger Maris' American League record for most home runs in a single season, at 61, during the game against the Blue Jays in Toronto. (Photo: Thomas Skrlj/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
And at least one fan will never forget the moment, but for all the wrong reasons: He almost caught the ball, which no doubt will be worth some bucks.
Except then he didn’t.
The fan was among several sitting in the outfield with gloves, ready to catch the historic ball. When it came their way, he reached out... appeared to get his glove on it... and then it dropped:
61 years since 61.
Aaron Judge has written his name alongside Roger Maris in baseball's record books. pic.twitter.com/1V4Gums34C
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) September 29, 2022
Judge tied Roger Maris’ 1961 record with the seventh-inning blast, which put the Yankees ahead in a game they would ultimately win. The single-season Major League record is held by Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants, who hit 73 in 2001.
Replay footage shows the fan going through a range of emotions, none of them good:
CRYING 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/KwuPuWjyhO
— Dynamics • £ (@theDYNAMICS) September 29, 2022
The ball was ultimately caught by Blue Jays bullpen coach Matt Buschmann. His wife, sportscaster Sara Walsh, wrote on Twitter: “Bad news is I’m down here in Florida battling a hurricane, but the good news is I can announce my retirement….”
When Buschmann handed the ball over to the Yankees, she added an update:
Oh cool. He just handed that back without checking to see if our house is still here? I’d next like to announce our divorce. pic.twitter.com/37HmHIoomS
— Sara Walsh (@Sara_Walsh) September 29, 2022
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.