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When your baseball ticket feels like a lotto ticket. Jays fans could snag historic Aaron Judge home run ball | CBC News

With Major League Baseball history once again on the line Tuesday night at Rogers Centre, William Chong says sitting in the outfield is a little bit like holding a lottery ticket.

That’s because New York Yankees star Aaron Judge remains at 60 home runs, one shy of Roger Maris’ American League record which has stood for a whopping 61 years.

Blue Jays fans watching their team move closer to a playoff spot might be hoping Judge is held hitless, though the six-feet, seven-inches tall slugger has plenty of fans here and others will be hoping he cracks a homer just for the chance at a big payday at the ballpark.

“There’s a good chance he’ll hit 61 and 62 in Toronto this week,” said Chong, a memoabilia collector who owns Dolly’s Toys and Games in Scarborough. Should that happen, those will likely be very lucrative baseballs for anyone who catches them.

“[62 is] going to be a seven-figure payout for whoever ends up catching it, which is kind of crazy for a baseball,” Chong said.

Judge singled, walked twice and struck out twice during Monday’s game against the Jays to remain at 60 home runs — leaving him with two more opportunities to reach the record in Toronto.

The Blue Jays (87-67) stopped the Yankees (94-59) seven-game win streak Monday with a 3-2 victory in 10 innings.

With five regular season games at the Rogers Centre remaining, the Blue Jays sport the fourth-best home record in the American League at 44-32, behind the Yankees (56-22), Tampa Bay (51-30) and Houston (50-23).

Toronto Maple Leafs superstar Auston Matthews will throw the first pitch on Tuesday.


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