Matt Buschmann, former MLB pitcher and current bullpen coach for the Toronto Blue Jays, was feeling a little nervous when his wife, Sara Walsh, was interviewing a newly-single Tom Brady. Walsh is a reporter for NFL Network and covers the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – who recently played a game in Germany.
After the game, Walsh was on the field interviewing Brady after a well-fought win – and she looked excited doing it. Unfortunately, that prompted a nervous comment from her husband. In a Twitter post that included a picture of Brady and Walsh during the interview, he expressed his concerns with the world.
“Maybe I should’ve hung onto that HR ball…” said Buschmann on Twitter – implying that his wife might leave him for the greatest quarterback of all-time. Don’t worry, it was just a joke and the two are happily married, but it isn’t the first time the couple have joked about a fake divorce – they have a history of it.
It all started when Matt Buschmann caught Aaron Judge’s 61st home run ball – the same ball that tied Roger Maris’ American League record for most home runs in a single season. Instead of auctioning it off to a fan or collector for a few million dollars, he decided to return the ball to the man himself – Judge.
Buschmann caught the ball on September 28th and it only took minutes for his wife to roast him on Twitter. “Oh cool. He just handed that back without checking to see if our house is still here? I’d next like to announce our divorce,” she said, while posting a photo of her husband holding the ball after catching it.
You can tell Matt Buschmann and Sara Walsh have a strong relationship because they love to banter with one another and are always looking for an opportunity to laugh at each other – not in a rude way, but in a couple way. Nonetheless, he will forever be remembered as the guy who gave away an expensive ball.
Buschmann knows how much those ‘milestone baseballs’ mean to a player, considering he used to be a player himself. He only played three games in the major leagues, but spent more than 10 years playing in the minors. He returned to the MLB in 2017 and has been a bullpen coach for the Blue Jays since 2018.
Matt Buschmann Didn’t Even Catch the Most Important Ball
When Aaron Judge hit his 61st home run – and Buschmann caught the ball – most fans understood that it was going to be an expensive ball. In fact, it could be one of the most valuable balls hit in recent history as he achieved something only five baseball players have done in MLB history (hit at least 60 home runs).
While the ball is still worth a lot, it’s not valued as much as the next home run he hit – the one that broke the long-standing AL record. That home run was hit on October 4th and the ball was caught by a fan named Cory Youmans. When the home run was hit, the value of Buschmann’s ball dropped quite a bit.
Unlike Buschmann, Youmans isn’t as generous with his catch. If Judge wants his home run ball, he’s going to have to purchase it at an auction – which is scheduled to begin at $1 million on November 29th, with extended bidding starting in mid-December. Anyone with that type of money can put their bid in.
It looks like Youmans is teaching Buschmann how to maintain a marriage – when you catch a multi-million dollar ball at a baseball game, you sell it and buy a house. That’s exactly what Youmans and his wife – who is also a sports reporter. Maybe Youmans can use that money for an expensive double date with Buschmann and Walsh.
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