Former Vanderbilt pitcher catches Aaron Judge's No. 61 home run ball
Former Vanderbilt pitcher Matt Buschmann was on the receiving end of Aaron Judge’s No. 61 home run of the season. Blast No. 61 from The Judge ties Roger Maris’ single-season AL Home Run record set in 1961.
The ball fell just short of a group of fans who dropped their chance at what will likely sell for a couple million dollars:
These fans were sooooooo close to Aaron Judge’s 61st home run ball.
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) September 29, 2022
Because the fans couldn’t haul it in, Bushmann, who was in the Blue Jays’ bullpen, was able to catch the ball.
Former @VandyBoys pitcher Matt Buschmann, now the Blue Jays pitching coach, caught Judge’s 61st
— Simon Gibbs (@SimonGibbs26) September 29, 2022
Buschmann was a Commodore until 2006, when he was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks system. He scored his first Major League appearance in 2016 for the Diamondbacks.
He’s been a pitching coach for Toronto since 2019.