The ball landed in the Toronto bullpen.
Blue Jays closer Jordan Romano commented on the moment the ball entered the Jays’ pen, saying after the game that he and his fellow relievers wanted to be careful about handing it over to MLB representatives or security people at Rogers Centre.
They ultimately gave the ball to Zack Britton, who walked over to them to retrieve the ball.
Romano said they did this because they recognized Britton and felt the ball was safe in his hands.
Blue Jays closer Jordan Romano said that when the ball went into the Blue Jays bullpen, they wanted to be careful about handing it over to people identified as MLB reps/security. Zack Britton walked over to the Jays bullpen and they gave it to him because they recognized him.
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Ultimately, Romano and the Blue Jays did the right thing by handing the ball over to Britton.
That ball belongs with the New York Yankees and with Judge, so that it can be a little reminder of the night Judge made some important history.
Depending on which way you lean on the debate, you could make a very strong and compelling case that 61 is the true home run record.
It was previously set by Roger Maris in 1961.
So naturally, it’s important that it stays with Judge and with the Yankees.
Romano had the right idea by giving it back to Britton when he approached them in the bullpen.
It’s a piece of baseball history and it should be treated as such, and the Blue Jays made the right call by giving it to somebody associated with the Yankees.
It’s important to protect that ball and treat it with the care and respect it deserves because of its historical significance.
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