By Jim Hagerty
For Yankees fans, especially those who live in New York, it can be sweet music when something goes wrong with the Boston Red Sox. That wasn’t the case last week when a New York fan found a 2013 Boston Red Sox World Series ring in a restaurant washroom.
Luigi Militello was in the restroom of Luke’s Bar and Grill, a place he owns in Manhattan, Thursday, July 24, when he noticed the shimmer of rubies, diamonds, sapphires and white gold sitting on the sink. The red stocking insignia and World Series trophy emblem made the piece of jewelry easy to identify.
There Militello was–a Yankees fan, alone in his bar holding a Red Sox World Series ring that nobody knew he had. So, he did what most people do. No, he didn’t pocket it. He slid the ring on his finger, snapped a picture and posted it on Facebook.
Around midnight, the phone rang at Luke’s. Militello happened to answer and quickly had Drew Weber right where he wanted him.
Weber, of New York, received the ring as the owner of the Lowell Spinners, the Red Sox’s Class A affiliate in Lowell, Massachusetts. It was the first time he wore it outside.
“This being Yankees-Red Sox, I started razzing him,” Militello joked in an Associated Press report. “I told him he wasn’t getting it so easily. I was playing with him a lot.”
Miltello didn’t rib his new friend for too long. It was bad enough that Weber tore through his apartment looking for the ring.
“Sweat was pouring off my forehead,” Weber said. “I’m looking at my finger and it’s not there.”
Weber and Militello talked baseball for awhile before discussing a reward. When Militello wouldn’t accept money and Weber declined to go on a radio show and make fun of the Red Sox, Militello agreed to be a guest of honor at Fenway Park Sept. 28 for Boston’s home finale. As it turns out, Sept. 28 is Derek Jeter’s final regular-season game for the Yankees.
“Going for his send-off. That’s pretty great,” Militello said.
Militello asked Weber if he could wear his Yankee gear to the game, but Weber didn’t answer him.