A TORONTO BLUE JAYS fan lost a potential fortune after firing at Aaron Judge’s historic 61st home run of the season.
Yankees outfielder Judge, 30, tied Roger Maris’ record in the American League with a homer in the seventh inning Wednesday night.
The 6ft7 star left Rogers Center with no regrets after finally ending his home run drought in style.
But home fan Frankie Lasagna left the stadium devastated after the judge picked him in the stands during the Blue Jays’ 8-3 loss.
The judge launched a rocket high above the house bullpen where lasagna was ready and waiting with his glove.
In the scramble for Judge’s 60th home run ball, Yankee fans had crowded together to get their hands on a potentially priceless piece of sports history.
However, there would be no such luck for Lasagna, who stretched well over the railing to try to reach the incoming ball.
Tormenting for the Jays fan, it slipped off the underside of his glove and fell into the home bullpen, where it was caught by trainer Matt Buschmann.
Experts estimate the ball could fetch between $350,000 and $500,000 at auction.
Buschmann is married to FOX NFL reporter Sara Walsh, who joked after the game that the couple could now be retiring.
She wrote, “The bad news is I’m battling a hurricane down here in Florida, but the good news is I can announce my retirement…”
In Toronto, the agony for lasagna was too much.
Shortly after missing his chance at potential riches, he threw his glove back into the stands, where it caught another fan in the face.
Lasagna then tossed his hat in frustration before TV cameras caught him disconsolately watching the final inning.
Fans were quick to comment on the near miss – and most were sympathetic to Lasagna’s plight.
One wrote: “I honestly feel about this guy this is just brutal.”
While another added: “It may be years before this poor man gets over it.”
But others were more scathing and one said: “I don’t feel bad at all. Be better.”
“I NEEDED A FISHING NET”
Lasagna, a 37-year-old restaurant owner, was tracked down after the game – and revealed he never normally brought a glove into the stadium.
He said: “I would never bring another glove other than this situation. I needed a bigger one.
“Two meters more and I would have had it. I needed a fishing net and I would have gotten it.”
The judge described achieving Maris’ milestone as an “honor” when the Yankees star returned to Yankee Stadium on Friday night to face Baltimore.
Lucky fans in the Bronx will be keeping an eye on the #62 home run ball, which could potentially be worth a princely sum.
The judge said, “It’s an incredible honor to have the chance to be associated with one of the greats of the Yankees, one of the greats of baseball, words can’t describe it.
“To get a chance to tie Roger Maris, you dream about stuff like that, it’s unreal.”
The Yankees have already booked their playoff spot and won the AL East on Tuesday.
Judge is the season leader with 61 homers, now just 12 away from Barry Bond’s 2001 MLB record of 73.
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