Batting round: If you caught Aaron Judge’s 62nd home run, what would you ask for in return?

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CBS Sports MLB experts will bring you a weekly Batting Around Roundtable throughout the season. The latest news, a historical question, thoughts on the future of baseball, all sorts of things. Last week we discussed one of baseball’s new rulesnow we’re going to break down what makes a milestone baseball.

Catching Aaron Judge’s 62nd homer, what do you want in return for giving the ball back?

Matt Snyder: Cold, hard cash.

I don’t have a problem with people who like memorabilia, sometimes it’s cool to look at. If I had something like that displayed somewhere in my house, I feel like it would be fun at first many times, but then I’d be thinking about bar or deck upgrades. Give money and material things. To people who scoff at it and say that life experiences are important, if I catch the ball, I’ve already had that life experience! It can’t be carried away and you don’t need to see the ball to remember it.

RJ Anderson: A one-day contract for next spring training. I’m mostly kidding — I’ll accept their money or a signed bat or jersey — but this is a franchise Billy Crystal once suited them for; If he can take a bat in an exhibition game, why can’t I? Sure, I make a fool of myself, but that’s just the way I am. At least it will be an unparalleled experience.

Dan Perry: As a modern gentleman, I find money to be an irritant, so I insist on a substantial direct deposit into my checking account. Once I see the negotiated figure, I turn the stupid ball over. Since we’re talking about a major American sports franchise, I expect the Yankees will try to force me to accept crypto as payment, but I won’t accept such terms. I fire the ball in front of them before accepting a signed bat or some such trick.

Mic print: I’m not a reminiscing person and meet and greets do nothing for me. The kid who hit Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit They received suit tickets for the rest of the season and the postseason, three signed bats and three signed balls, and two signed jerseys. Give me the equivalent and we can call it a deal. I wish the judge had the baseball, but I have the ball, so I have leverage, and I’m not negotiating with the judge. I’m negotiating with the Yankees. Whatever is given to the ball is a drop. Do you know how much it costs to go to sports nowadays? I have zero guilt about holding onto the ball for as long as I consider it fair value.

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