Globe Life Field was packed to the gills on Tuesday night as fans in Arlington came to see the visiting New York Yankees take on the Texas Rangers and Aaron Judge chase home run No. 62, which would be the new American League record.
What were the odds if you were a Rangers fan, too? This slate of games against the Yankees wasn’t even supposed to be on the docket! The MLB lockout forced the four-game set to the back of the schedule after the first week of the season was lost due to labor negotiations.
One fan in attendance surely knew this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. In the first inning of the third game of the series on Tuesday, Judge led off the game and socked an 88 MPH slider from pitcher Jesus Tinoco high and deep into the Texas night sky.
Before the ball even landed, a man in the left field seats jumped over the railing (which looked to be at least 10-12 feet?) down behind the wall. He didn’t want to re-live Frankie Lasagna’s fate in Toronto and watch the ball evade the crowd, falling into no man’s land for nobody to claim the prize.
This sucker was expected to be worth $2 million! Doing your best Batman impression was perhaps the least that could’ve been done … but can’t deny there was some level of lunacy involved here.
Fan who jumped wall to grab Yankees’ Aaron Judge 62nd HR is a maniac
It truly wasn’t a terrible judgement call by this fan. Had there been a scrum and nobody came up with it cleanly, it would’ve been easy to see the ball falling over the railing and into … whatever is behind the left field wall. Judge’s homer was no doubt a blast, but that left field wall is 372 feet. It landed right in the front row.
Valiant effort. A effort “for the people,” one might say. The man who got the ball? Not exactly of the same narrative. Corey Youmans, a Rangers fan in attendance, caught the ball cleanly in his glove. Not too long after, everyone learned he was a vice president at Fisher Investments, a financial firm that manages $197 BILLION worldwide.
Youmans’ pockets get even deeper, the rich get richer, and the faceless, nameless hero who risked his wellbeing and likely tossed his money in the garbage after getting thrown out of this game, will remain, at the very least, a lovely footnote to this story.
An admirable risk for $2 million, but in the end he just needed to be 10 seats to the left while holding a glove. The viral theatrics were all for naught.