Fan Who Caught Aaron Judge’s 60th HR Ball Reveals Why He Refused To Profit Off Of It

The fan who caught Aaron Judge’s 60th home run ball could have made a ton of money auctioning it off but chose to give back to Judge for minimal profit.

On Tuesday night, Judge made history when he hit his 60th home run of the season in the team’s 9-8 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Judge’s homer made him the third-ever American League player to hit 60 home runs alongside Yankees legends Babe Ruth and Roger Maris.

The fan who caught the ball got a signed ball and bat and was able to meet Judge in the clubhouse for a picture.

According to Yankees reporter Brendan Kuty, the fan didn’t want to make a profit off the ball because he felt that giving it back was the “right thing to do.”


Michael Kessler snatched the baseball that represented Aaron Judge’s historic 60th home run, hugged it like it was a winning Powerball ticket and … just gave it back to Judge.

Because, Kessler said, it was the right thing to do.

“I wouldn’t feel right to keep that from him,” the City College of New York student, who grabbed Judge’s ninth-inning blast into the left-field bleachers at Yankee Stadium in the dramatic 9-8 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, told NJ Advance Media late Tuesday night.

It seems like the fan got a memory of a lifetime by taking a picture with Judge on the historic night instead of cashing in.

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