NEW YORK — A lost Red Sox World Series ring is back on the finger of its owner, thanks to a nifty pickup by an ardent Yankees fan. 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. ”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?” 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.” Hoping against hope, Weber called Luke’s after midnight. Militello answered the phone and said, yep, he had the ring. ”But this being Yankees-Red Sox, I started razzing him. I told him he wasn’t getting it so easily. I was playing with him, a lot,” Militello said. Said Weber: “I was like, ‘Who am I dealing with?’” They quickly put aside their rooting interests, met the next day at the restaurant, returned the ring and spent 25 minutes talking baseball.
Maybe all Yankee fans aren’t so bad after all, because there are a lot of people who would not return that ring. I totally get that this guy returned it because it would be bad business if the guy did actually know he left it there and the owner lied to him on the phone, but let’s give him some credit for being a nice guy.
Me on the other hand, if I find that ring as a patron, it disappears like this was the Leftovers. Of course there would be initial panic/excitement about finding something worth $30k but I would pull it together and get the fuck out of that restaurant. From there, you just hold on to that thing for like 25 years and sell it at auction as some thing you found cleaning out a chest and boom you have enough money for you kid to go to college, in state. Plus you get the satisfaction of showing it off to some close friends over the years, which will inevitably end in you getting ratted out by someone.
PS: I don’t get guys who wear any rings at all. Just seems like a huge pain in the ass.