Monday, June 02, 2008

Fan Gives Manny His 500 HR Back, For Nothing

The fan who caught Manny Ramirez' 500th home run ball at Camden Yards returned the ball to Manny on Saturday night, and asked for nothing in return.

Damon Woo (pictured), a former Navy SEAL, and a former Massachusetts resident living in Manhattan, just wanted Manny to have the ball back.

"You hear about the big money that some of these baseballs go for, but this was Manny's accomplishment. Being a big baseball fan, this just felt like the right thing to do," Damon said.

A really refreshing thing to hear after so many of these stories of fans trying to squeeze every buck out of moments like this. The Red Sox gave Damon and his brother two prime seats to Sunday's game after they met Manny in the clubhouse after Saturday's game. Manny gave them autographs, including a signed bat.

Ramirez says he will auction the ball off for charity, and one memorabilia expert says that the ball was worth at least $10,000, perhaps more.

For more, check out the New York Post's story here.

The Red Sox continued their great weekend in Baltimore yesterday, as Manny went deep again, belting his 501st homer, and Mike Lowell and J.D. Drew went deep in the Sox' 9-4 win. That's three straight over the Orioles, and Bartolo Colon got his third win in three starts.

BTW, has anyone else noticed that Colon now has more wins than Philip Hughes and Ian Kennedy combined?

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