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Sox to get WS rings when they play the Yankees

Discussion in 'Professional Baseball' started by LoKyBuckeye, Feb 22, 2005.

  1. LoKyBuckeye

    LoKyBuckeye I give up. This board is too hard to understand.

    BoSox owner wants rings on opening day

    By Howard Ulman, AP Sports Writer | February 21, 2005

    FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Boston Red Sox minority owner Tom Werner prefers that the players receive their World Series rings on the day of their home opener April 11 against the New York Yankees.

    "There's a lot of debate about the proper time to do it," he said Monday, "but I think the fans deserve to see it on opening day, but that's just one man's opinion."

    He said he planned to meet Tuesday with principal owner John Henry and chief executive officer Larry Lucchino and expected a decision soon. Henry has said the timing of the ceremony could depend on when the rings are ready.

    The team has received numerous suggestions from inside and outside the organization, executive vice president for public affairs Charles Steinberg said. They include distributing the rings at a charitable fundraiser.

    Werner said that the club plans to distribute rings to about 500 members of its organization and that Red Sox research shows that championship rings were given out at a home opener only once. Curt Schilling has told the club he thinks they should be presented before Boston's home opener.

    "We'll focus on it and the fans will be very pleased with the solution," Werner said.

    He also said the ceremony would be done tastefully and would not be perceived as an attempt to rub into the Yankees the fact that the Red Sox beat them in the AL championship series.

    "The Yankees can always sit in the clubhouse," Werner said. "It's not going to be a very long ceremony, so we care about doing things in a first-class fashion and we'll do it appropriately."
  2. sears3820

    sears3820 Sitting around in my underwear....

    Opening day does have a nice "ring" to it....

    I say we present the Red Sox with their WS rings before every home game. This sort of thing doesn't happen all too often for us Sox fans.

    2.21.05: Boston Dirt Dogs has learned that Fenway Park will host a World Championship Red Sox ring ceremony on Opening Day when the Olde Towne Team faces the New York Yankees.

    Owner Tom Werner had told WEEI's Dennis and Callahan this morning that Charles "Lord of the Rings" Steinberg would make the decision on the ring ceremony and that "Ring-gate would go on for a few more days." But it was Werner who was instrumental in finalizing the decision to have a ring ceremony at Fenway on April 11. The California-based owner had been on record as saying he "was looking forward to the ring ceremony on April 11" shortly after the Sox won the Series last October. Late Sunday night, Dr. Steinberg was on CBS4's Sports Final still dancing around the issue, blaming fans who he thought misinterpreted Jeff Horrigan's crystal clear column in the Herald last week. Steinberg continued to hide behind The Red Sox Foundation fundraising idea (Don't we do enough as a fanbase? Aren't we the most generous?) as the reason to change gears and have a separate ring ceremony. Chief Operating Officer Mike Dee was actually the first one to champion this idea in a Red Sox fan brainstorming and feedback session at Fenway Park back on February 10. (Remy Report message board link) A separate ceremony may also take place which will fund The Foundation after the home opener.

    Ultimately it was the hundreds of angry phone calls that flooded the Red Sox offices last week that drove ownership to step in and get the ring ceremony back to its original scheduled date. Curt Schilling and the players also stepped up this week to let their voices be heard that they wanted to have the ceremony in front of their fans on Opening Day at Fenway. The official announcement from the team should come Tuesday or Wednesday.
  3. Buckeye513

    Buckeye513 Stable Genius

    Go Sox.

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