HOUSTON - If you were watching the Astros game on Saturday, or saw any of the highlights, you probably remember Carlos Correa's home run in the fourth inning.
You probably also remember the young fan who nearly caught the ball and the ensuing debate: Did 12-year-old Carson Riley interfere with the game?
Officials said no.
While the world has focused in on that moment, the full story for Carson and his family began exactly four weeks earlier.
“He was fun. He loved to live life. Goofy. Always making jokes,” said Amanda Riley of her son Michael Cade Riley.
On Sept. 16, 15-year-old Cade was headed out to his favorite activity, fishing, when an ATV accident claimed his life.
“He went that way a thousand times and never did I think,” Amanda said.
Before his death, going to sporting events was a regular family activity. It was something his mother was hesitant to do without him.
“I almost sent them by themselves and I was going to stay back but I thought no, I need to go," Amanda said.
So, the family made the trip to Houston for Games 1 and 2 of the American League Championship Series, but did they really go without Cade?
According to Riley, no.
It started in Game 1 with his football number.
“We get to our seats and I look out and the Yankees third base coach had his back to us and he wore number 53. Then they brought in the closing pitcher for the Astros, number 53,” Amanda said.
Then, in Game 2, it was a pair of young boys and their hats.
“There were these two young boys standing right where our seats were, trying to catch a ball, and they each had a hat on and one said Cade and one said Carson. That’s just, I just got tears in my eyes. It’s just crazy," Amanda said.
Finally, there was the home-run ball.
It's something Carson and his family can look at and think of Cade.
“I think he was there telling us that, 'Just enjoy the moment' and don’t worry about him,” said Riley.
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