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Monday, July 28, 2014

ESPN: Yankee Fan Returns Lost Red Sox World Series Ring

Manhattan restaurant owner Luigi Militello could hardly believe it when he found the shiny 2013 championship ring on a restroom sink at his Luke’s Bar and Grill on Thursday night. It was the real thing, with diamonds and sapphires and rubies, set in 14-carat white gold, with the Red Sox emblem, a Boston Strong logo and an image of the team’s bearded ballplayers.
. . .
Drew Weber had dined at the restaurant earlier; it’s one of his favorite spots. He’s a New York businessman and also owns the Lowell Spinners, a thriving Red Sox Class A minor league team in Massachusetts.Big league teams often reward executives throughout their organization with World Series rings. The Red Sox haven’t put a value on these pieces of jewelry—the rings they presented for winning the 2004 crown were worth about $30,000.
. . .
“I went looking around my apartment and started having palpitations. Sweat was pouring off my forehead,” he told the AP. “I’m looking at my finger and it’s not there.”

Nice photo at link.

The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 28, 2014 at 03:29 PM | 24 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: boston red sox, count da ringz, good people, minor leagues, mishaps, new york yankees, world series ring

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   1. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: July 28, 2014 at 05:26 PM (#4759289)
Better person than me. I'm putting the thing on eBay.
   2. Joe Bivens, Minor Genius Posted: July 28, 2014 at 05:44 PM (#4759297)
That renders you pretty low.
   3. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: July 28, 2014 at 05:52 PM (#4759301)
1. Better Richer person than me. I'm putting the thing on eBay.
Fixed--presumably.
   4. Hank G. Posted: July 28, 2014 at 05:58 PM (#4759306)
Better person than me. I'm putting the thing on eBay.


How do you suppose that would work out? I’m guessing it would involve a visit from the police.
   5. Howie Menckel Posted: July 28, 2014 at 06:01 PM (#4759311)
Weber should have his ring his taken away. Again.
   6. Batman Posted: July 28, 2014 at 06:11 PM (#4759318)
I would have given it back, but I would have been disappointed I was returning it to the owner of the Lowell Spinners and not, say, David Ortiz.
   7. PreservedFish Posted: July 28, 2014 at 06:16 PM (#4759319)
Is the metal/craftsmanship of the ring worth a pure $30,000, or does that include the value conferred on by its historical significance and rarity?

Seems like a nice chunk of change if they are really buying those things for execs all up and down the line.
   8. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: July 28, 2014 at 06:26 PM (#4759326)
Rudy Guiliani skirted some trouble because the Yankees gave him four championship rings but he never declared them as taxable gifts, and claimed not to have received them while mayor. After leaving office, he belatedly paid $16,000 for the set to de-giftify them; the rings are valued at over $200,000. Crazily, at the same time, the Yankees donated $16,000 to Guiliani's presidential campaign.
   9. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: July 28, 2014 at 06:30 PM (#4759327)
and claimed not to have received them while mayor
I mean, I feel like just cross-referencing some information at BB-Ref and Wikipedia could have blown that story apart pretty quick.
   10. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: July 28, 2014 at 06:31 PM (#4759328)
Seems like a nice chunk of change if they are really buying those things for execs all up and down the line.

Some folks wind up not making the cut, or so I hear.
   11. Howie Menckel Posted: July 28, 2014 at 06:39 PM (#4759336)
ESPN windbag Chris Berman hilariously received a 49ers Super Bowl title ring in 1991, then returned it after - well, people noted how unprofessional it was.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1991-09-01/sports/9103050906_1_ring-espn-staffers-espn-sports-anchor

reminds me of George Costanza banging the maid on the office desk

"Was that wrong? Should I have not done that? I tell you, I gotta plead ignorance on this thing because if anyone had said anything to me at all when I first started here that that sort of thing was frowned upon, you know - cause I've worked in a lot of offices and I tell you, people do that all the time."

   12. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: July 28, 2014 at 06:54 PM (#4759340)
How do you suppose that would work out? I’m guessing it would involve a visit from the police.


What crime would I (hypothetically) commit by selling it? It was abandoned, not stolen, property.
   13. Rowland Office Supplies Posted: July 28, 2014 at 07:01 PM (#4759343)
In the on-field aftermath of Game Six in 1995, one of the local Atlanta TV guys tracked down Ted Turner for a live interview. Ted was chatting up the grounds crew. As he jogged over to the TV guy, he turned back to the grounds crew and yelled, "Hey...make sure Stan (Kasten) gets all your ring sizes!" Those guys looked pretty well delighted.
   14. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: July 28, 2014 at 07:04 PM (#4759346)
eBay must be swarming with old World Series rings, right?
   15. Joe Bivens, Minor Genius Posted: July 28, 2014 at 07:14 PM (#4759351)
It was abandonednot stolenproperty


"Lost" is "abandoned"? I thought abandoned meant "thrown away".
   16. Joe Bivens, Minor Genius Posted: July 28, 2014 at 07:17 PM (#4759353)
It was abandoned, not stolen, property.


"Lost" is "abandoned"? I thought abandoned meant "thrown away".

edit...it's not like this ring was untraceable. They didn't issue thousands of them.
   17. Joe Bivens, Minor Genius Posted: July 28, 2014 at 07:18 PM (#4759354)
Oh dear, I fooked that up, didn't I?
   18. Bhaakon Posted: July 28, 2014 at 07:27 PM (#4759364)
What crime would I (hypothetically) commit by selling it? It was abandoned, not stolen, property.


In most jurisdictions, picking anything worth more than around $100 off the street and pocketing it without a good faith attempt to return it to its owner or turn it over to police is considered theft. The item might have been abandoned, but the person finding it has no way of knowing that unless he asks the owner or the owner makes no attempt to recover his goods.

In practice, it's not usually enforced unless the dollar amount is much larger and/or the owner of the valuables in question are easily found (like, say, a world series ring, which meets both criteria).
   19. PreservedFish Posted: July 28, 2014 at 07:29 PM (#4759365)
Some folks wind up not making the cut, or so I hear.


Surely you got, like, a paperweight?
   20. I am the Can Posted: July 28, 2014 at 08:36 PM (#4759412)
About seven or eight years ago the Red Sox were here in New York for a summer series with the Yankees. I was walking down the street and saw a guy in a Sox cap loading some stuff into a van, and I said something along the lines of, "You've got cojones, I'll give you that, wearing that hat in New York."

He motioned me over to the van, and either out of stupidity or curiosity I went over, ducking my head in. He opens a little box he's got in the center console, and what is it but a 2000 Yankees W.S. ring. The guy insisted it was his, that he'd been an assistant trainer with one of the minor league teams who apparently helped out one of the players quite a bit in a rehab assignment (can't remember who it was). When I expressed my suspicion about whether the ring was actually his, he showed me his license - the name on the ring was his.

So, I concluded that teams - at least the Yankees - are pretty fast and loose about who gets staff rings in a championship year.
   21. TJ Posted: July 28, 2014 at 08:43 PM (#4759419)
I shudder to think of what the guy did to that ring before he returned it...
   22. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 28, 2014 at 08:44 PM (#4759420)
So, I concluded that teams - at least the Yankees - are pretty fast and loose about who gets staff rings in a championship year.

Not sure if it is the case for either the Yankees or Red Sox, but, IIRC, some teams order a cheaper version of the World Series ring to give out to folks who aren't in the inner circle.
   23. tshipman Posted: July 28, 2014 at 09:09 PM (#4759437)
Not sure if it is the case for either the Yankees or Red Sox, but, IIRC, some teams order a cheaper version of the World Series ring to give out to folks who aren't in the inner circle.


Every team differentiates between player rings and other rings. Some teams order a ton of "other" rings, some don't. BoSox and Yankees are both known for giving out a lot of rings as I understand it.
   24. catomi01 Posted: July 29, 2014 at 12:27 AM (#4759502)
Not sure if it is the case for either the Yankees or Red Sox, but, IIRC, some teams order a cheaper version of the World Series ring to give out to folks who aren't in the inner circle.


This is pretty standard throughout sports I believe. My uncle has a stanley cup ring...he ordered (and paid for) some for his kids as well...they're nicer than the Atlantic League ring I got with the Ducks (and by a noticeable margin)...but don't really compare to his own (team paid for) ring.

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