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April 23, 2007
A 2004 Boston Red Sox World Championship ring is on auction on eBay, and as of this morning the bidding was near $16,000.
The Red Sox handed out an unprecedented 500 World Series rings the following spring, and not all were the same. There are four different levels of classification – A, B, C, D – and according to the posting on eBay, the ring is the same as the players received, which can’t be the case.
The ring up for auction was given to Cucho Rodriguez, a former team scout based in Puerto Rico. A scout would not have received an ‘A’ ring as the executives, players, the manager and coaches were given.
There are plenty of fans in Red Sox Nation who probably can’t fathom the idea of someone selling a World Series ring.
“You don’t know their situation in life,” said Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis, who was a rookie in 2004 and received a ring. “There could be a bad situation and if it’s for a good reason then that’s fine. If it was a player who had money and put it on eBay just to get a little more money, there would probably be a lot more of an issue with it.”
Youkilis said there would be only one reason why he would ever sell the prestigious piece of jewelry.
“If someone was ill and I didn’t have any money, would I?” he said. “I think I would try to find other ways to pay money. It would be a hard thing to get rid of. I would never do it unless it was a life or death situation.”
Red Sox manager Terry Francona did not want to talk about the sale of the ring because he did not know the particulars of the situation. He did say he would check to see if his ring was where it was supposed to be.
“I don’t know what to think about it,” he said. “It’s none of my business.”
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