HOUSTON — It was on a balcony across the street from Minute Maid Park that two brothers shared a moment you couldn’t put a price on...until now.
The Soler home run officially sold on Saturday for $70,745.
Not a bad return for a couple of brothers who were just enjoying some baseball out on their downtown Houston balcony.
“Bang! Kerplunk! And then it started rolling down here towards the sidewalk," Manuel Ramos said while describing Soler's World Series Game 6 home run that flew out of Minute Maid Park and landed in the street.
Even though the home run essentially ended the Astros' season, Ramos remembered the moment, saying, "It’s a World Series ball – just hit right across the street from us.”
He and his brother Richard were watching the game from Richard's building's balcony.
“We’re, like, on the fifth floor just staring at the ball…people in different areas not even noticing it’s there…and we’re, like, we have to try to get it," Richard said.
Manuel said the elevator was taking too long so they ran down the building's stairs.
“I was, like, nope I gotta take the stairs and hauled over there," he said.
And even though their team lost, now they're cashing in.
They auctioned the ball off through SCP Auctions in California. Bids were already over $30,000 just days after the bidding went live.
“What I was told - which was unbelievable - is the sky is the limit,” Richard said.
Even though the ball came at his team's expense, Manuel said, “I would have loved to have seen our team win the World Series.”
“Like you said, that’s worth a million bucks in itself," Richard said.
The moment and the experience are both priceless to them.
“Even if I did not get a dime for that ball…it was the memories to have with my brother. Yeah, we would have loved to see them win the World Series, but it’s just the memories it created also.”