Auction house ready to pay $2 million for historic Aaron Judge HR ball

The owner of a sports memorabilia auction house says he offered $2million to the fan who nabbed the New York Yankees star Judge Aaron62nd American League record home run.

JP Cohen, president of Memory Lane Inc. in Tustin, Calif., told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he texted and emailed Cory Youmans, the man who caught the shot judge’s milestone Tuesday night at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. Cohen said Youmans has yet to respond.

“I think the offer is well above fair value, if he’s inclined to sell it,” Cohen said in a phone interview with the AP on Wednesday.

Youmans grabbed the historic memento on the volley as he navigated the front row of Section 31 into left field in the Yankees’ game against the Texas Rangers. The circuit pushed the judge in front of Roger Maris for the AL season record – a mark many consider the “clean” standard in baseball, as the only players in the National League who have hit more have been tarnished by links to steroids.

Youmans, originally from Dallas, works in the financial world. He was asked on Tuesday what he plans to do with the prize as security personnel take him away for authentication.

“Good question. I didn’t think of that,” he said.

Shortly after a local TV station published Youmans’ brief alley interview, Bri Amaranthus tweeted, “THIS IS MY HUSBAND.” Amaranthus works in local media and is an alumnus of ABC’s “The Bachelor.”

The record price for a home run is $3 million, paid for Mark McGwire’s record 70th of the 1998 season.

Cohen previously pledged $2 million for Judge’s 62nd home run. He said his company has a good relationship with the Yankees and would be willing to loan the ball to the team for exhibition. He added that the team frequently displayed items belonging to Memory Lane at Yankee Stadium.

“We made an offer of $2 million, and that offer still stands,” Cohen said.

After the Yankees lost 3-2, Judge said he did not have possession of the home run ball.

“I don’t know where it is,” he said. “We’ll see what happens with that. It would be nice to get him back, but it’s a keepsake for a fan. He got a great catch there, and they have every right to that.”

Youmans was among the crowd of 38,832, the largest to watch a baseball game at the 3-year-old ballpark.

Judge received a day off from manager Aaron Boone on Wednesday as the Yankees closed out the regular season against the Rangers. New York, seeded No. 2 in the American League playoffs, lost to Texas, 4-2.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.