You won’t see the 500th home run ball hit by Manny Ramirez on the auction block–at least not your standard sports memorabilia auction.
Manny has the ball–for now–thanks to two brothers who gave up a potentially big payday.
The wait for a little slice of history ended over the weekend when Manny Ramirez belted his 500th career home run at Camden Yards.
The home run ball was snared in the right centerfield stands by a Red Sox fan. 40 year-old Damon Woo, originally from Nahant, Mass., but now living in New York, was sitting in Section 94 with his brother, Jason. When the ball headed his way, Woo got a great block from his brother who was protecting Damon from the sea of humanity that also wanted a piece of a potentially valuable souvenir. Damon Woo is a former NAVY seal who was used to physical contact and he was able to escape the scrum unhurt.
An official from Major League Baseball escorted the brothers to safety where they agreed to give the ball to Ramírez for a collection of Red Sox autographs on baseballs and photos.
The ball likely would have fetched well into five figures considering the team’s fan base, but instead Ramirez will sell it himself–with the proceeds aiding children’s charities.
"This is it – we’ve got 500 and it’s all yours," Damon Woo said to Ramírez as he presented him with the ball after he and his brother were ushered into the visitors’ clubhouse.
"It’s his achievement. It’s his accomplishment. It’s his ball," Woo said.
The Baseball Hall of Fame won’t go away emtpy handed either. The Red Sox will turn over the batting helmet Ramirez was wearing as well as the lineup card from the game.
More photos and coverage from the New York Post. Click below to watch the home run.