A World Series ring is not something that many people in the world will ever have when it comes to breaking down the numbers. New York Yankees’ fan Luigi Militello actually was in possession of a World Series ring, but it belonged to the rival Boston Red Sox. According to ESPN on July 28, 2014, the Manhattan restaurant owner did the right thing and returned it to its rightful owner.
Militello found the 2013 World Series ring sitting on the restroom sink at his Luke’s Bar and Grill this past Thursday night. He immediately realized it was legit due to the diamonds, rubies, and sapphires set in 14-carat white gold and displaying the icon of the Yankees’ rival.
“I was like, geez, it’s big. Who would leave this here?” Militello told The Associated Press. “I’m a big Yankee fan. What are the chances of this happening?”
The “who” in this case was Drew Weber, who had dined at the restaurant earlier in the evening. The New York businessman owns Lowell Spinners, the Red Sox Class A minor league team that is in Massachusetts.
Bleacher Report said that Weber had received the World Series ring as a gift from the Boston Red Sox organization. Being a minor league executive, he received one of the rings that don’t actually have a value placed on them just yet.
The World Series rings presented to the Red Sox back in 2004 were valued at $30,000.
Weber was immediately nervous and frantic when he realized that the World Series ring was missing. It’s not like that is something someone can just can get whenever they please. He said that he started searching through his entire apartment and that “sweat was pouring off my forehead.”
Militello did decided to joke a bit with Weber considering the whole Yankees/Red Sox rivalry, but the restaurant owner knew the right thing to do. Once Weber returned to the restaurant, Militello handed him his ring and spent a while discussing baseball.
Militello insisted on not receiving any money for returning the ring, but Weber really wanted to do something to show his appreciation. Weber invited Militello to Fenway Park, his first time ever, for the regular season finale at the end of September. It will be the final game of Derek Jeter’s storied Yankee career.
Weber will also make a contribution to the charity of Militello’s choosing, and it’s one that helps relief efforts on Fire Island from the damage caused by Superstorm Sandy.
This is the kind of good gesture that shows even the most bitter sports’ rivalries can come together over something as important as a lost World Series ring, and put their differences aside for a little while.