Aaron Judge

It has been a miraculous season for New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge, who continued his dominance Tuesday by recording his 60th home run of the MLB season. That helped spark a huge rally in the bottom of the ninth against the Pittsburgh Pirates, which led to a 9-8 win for the Yankees.

Judge joined some rare company with this home run, tying Yankees legend Babe Ruth for 60 home runs in a season. That is just one shy of Roger Maris for the most home runs in a season in American League history.

These milestones that Aaron Judge passed with this home run also made the actual ball extremely valuable for any fan that obtained it. And 20-year-old college student Michael Kessler was lucky enough to come away with it.

Kessler and his four friends that were ultimately at the game likely could have come away with some real money if he decided to keep the ball and sell it. But he ultimately decided that he wanted Judge to have it, only asking for some signed memorabilia and a picture with Judge and his friends in return.

Kessler was interviewed following the game and said that he wanted to do “anything he could” to try and get Judge to come back to the Yankees organization next season.

“Anything to come back next year, you are the heart and soul of the ball club,” Kessler said on Judge via ESPN’s Marly Rivera. “I just wanted to give it back, he has given so much to the organization.”

While the money certainly would have been nice for Kessler, there are very few instances where a 20-year-old kid is able to meet their idol. And Kessler and all of his friends were able to do that, which seems to be priceless to them.

[Marly Rivera on Twitter; photo from Brad Penner/USA Today Sports]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.