It could have been a big payday for the man who snatched Aaron Judge’s record-breaking home run on Wednesday, but the night ended with his wife joking about the “divorce.”
The carefree moment came after Judge equalized Roger Maris’ American League home run record in a single season after scoring his 61st homer against the Toronto Blue Jays.
The New York Yankees slugger flew the ball over the Rogers Center fence where it was nearly captured by two separate fans, who both looked mortified after letting it slip through their fingers.
Instead, the expensive piece of history fell into the stands and fell into the bullpen where it was eventually picked up by Blue Jays pitching coach Matt Buschmann.
Buschmann’s eagle-eyed wife saw her husband hold the ball while at home in Florida as Hurricane Ian hit the state.
“The bad news is I’m down here in Florida fighting a hurricane, but the good news is I can announce my retirement,” sports broadcaster Sara Walsh, tweeted after seeing her husband hold the highly profitable collector’s item, which could have raised more than seven figures at auction.
However, moments later, Buschmann gave the ball to Toronto closer to Jordan Romano, before it was eventually returned to the judge himself.
This, according to Walsh, was grounds for divorce.
“Oh dude. Did you just return it without checking if our house is still here? I’d like to announce our divorce later,” Walsh tweeted.
Upon receiving the ball, Judge conveniently gifted it to her mother, Patty, after the game.
Patty was watching from the front row of the stands and was sitting next to Roger Maris Jr., as she had been for the past few weeks.
“She has been with me for all of this,” the judge told reporters about her mother.
“From the Little League days, preparing for school, taking me to my first two training sessions and matches, being there for my first pro game, my debut and now having the chance to be here for it – this is something special , and we’re not done yet. ”
After scoring his 394-foot home run, the judge received a standing ovation from the Toronto crowd and was greeted by teammates as he touched home plate.
He also congratulated on social media Yankees legends Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez celebrating the result.
“Yeah !!!”, Jeter tweeted, while Rodriguez went with “Bam !!!! 61 per [Judge]. ”
The judge will have a chance to break AL’s record on Friday when the Yankees host the Baltimore Orioles.
If he succeeds, there will surely be a clamor for who can grab the ball.