37,008 showed up to watch Aaron Judge hit his 61st home run Wednesday night -- but one of the fans in attendance couldn't have been sicker to see history ... 'cause he dropped the historic baseball, costing himself a small fortune!!
Judge hit the blast in the seventh inning of the Yankees' blowout win over the Blue Jays in Toronto -- officially tying the American League watermark set by Roger Maris back in 1961 -- and one fan was in a perfect position to nab the ball as it crossed over the left field wall.
As for what ultimately ended up happening to the ball -- Toronto bullpen coach Matt Buschmann initially grabbed it. He gave it to Jays closer Jordan Romano ... who then passed it off to Yankees reliever Zack Britton, who returned it to Judge.
Judge held onto it for a while -- but in a super sweet moment, he turned it over to his mother.
Aaron has seven games left in the season to officially pass Maris on the all-time list -- meaning the crushed Jays fan could have a shot at redemption ... if he's willing to travel to New York or Texas for the Pinstripes' last regular-season contests of 2022.