The Yankees fan in question is Luigi Militello, owner of Luke's Bar And Grill, and the Red Sox 2013 World Series ring belongs to Drew Weber, owner of Boston's single-A affiliate Lowell Spinners. On Thursday night, Weber wore the diamond-and-ruby encrusted ring to his favorite New York restaurant and somehow left it in the bathroom. Militello likely thought it was exactly where it belonged.
It's not uncommon for teams to give executives within the organization World Series rings, though it might be just a little bit strange that Weber forgot he wasn't wearing it. As Militello put it, "geez, it's big."
Weber said this was the first time he'd worn the ring outside.
"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?'"
Luigi Militello, that's who. The two eventually met the next day and Militello returned the ring, but not without trying to strike a deal. He didn't want any money or anything unseemly like that. Instead, he wanted Weber to call in to to New York sports radio and rag on the Red Sox. Nothing doing.
But this story does have a happy ending for Militello, who will be handsomely rewarded for his good samaritan ways. The Red Sox invited him to Fenway for a the last game of the regular season on September 28th, where (assuming he stays healthy) he'll see Derek Jeter play in the final game of his career.