BASEBALL fans, eager to see Aaron Judge’s historic 61st home run on Sunday, reportedly faced $9,000.
The 30-year-old Yankees star Judge is just one homer away from tying Roger Maris’ American League record of 61 home runs in a single season.
When New York took to the streets after the game against the Boston Red Sox, many saw it as Judge’s last chance to equal the record on home soil.
But fans were disappointed – and their wallets a lot lighter – when the 6ft 7 outfielder extended his streak of homeless bats to 15 in the rain-hit Yankees’ 2-0 win.
According to Britain’s Daily Mail, tickets to the Yankee Stadium competition have cost as much as $9,000 on resale site Vivid Seats.
An average game ticket on the site cost over $200, up from around $119 earlier in the week.
While fans not afraid to get away from the action could still snag a bargain $40 seat in the major leagues just before the game.
But all was in vain, because violent thunderstorms clouded the mood in the Bronx.
46,707 spectators were packed for the contest at the new Yankee Stadium when it rained heavily in the sixth inning.
There were boos when the umpires called for a tarp at 9:15 p.m., but within an hour it was pouring with rain and lightning at the ballpark.
Westchester fan Amanda Peso was one supporter, trying more hope than expectation to wait out the weather.
She told the Mail: “I wanted to wait it out before you never know if Aaron is going to do it tonight.
“So I’m here to support him. I’m a Yankee fan, period.
“Regardless of whether this history thing wasn’t going to happen, I would wait [the rain] probably off anyway because I took tomorrow off for a reason.”
The judge was 1-of-2 that night when he snagged a double from Red Sox starting pitcher Brayan Bello.
The California-born star got kicked on the plate on his next visit and didn’t get another chance to swing the bat.
Despite Judge not hitting a run, the playoff-tied Yankees extended their record to 94-58 on the season.
Next, they will travel to Toronto for a three-game set with the Blue Jays.
Judge and the Yankees can capture the AL East title with a win in their first game of the series Monday night.
Last week, Judge caused a huge crowd in the stands as fans battled for his 60th home run ball.
The massive ninth-inning strike against the Pirates started a stunning comeback that saw Giancarlo Stanton bring the roof down with a grand slam.
20-year-old Mike Kessler, a New York student, won the fight for the 60th home run ball and admirably returned it to his hero in exchange for some autographed merchandise.
While fans thought Judge smashed his 61st homer Thursday night — only for a Boston player to catch the 404-yard rocket on the warning lane.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6302575/yankees-fans-boo-aaron-judge-rain/ Yankees fans booed after some “paid $9,000” to see Aaron Judge make MLB history, only for Rain to intervene