Thursday, July 13, 2006
The Special Ring Photos
Well, here they are. My friend FiNY took these photos of me back on July 4th with one of the most incredible rings I have ever seen. It is a genuine 2004 Red Sox World Series ring. A friend of mine has a sister who worked for the Sox back then and got a ring. It was amazing to see up close. Many thanks to him for allowing me to model it.
It was so small it could only fit on my pinky, though.
I'd seen World Series rings up close before. I remember when Gil Hodges died in 1972, and my dad took my family to his wake at a church in my neighborhood in Brooklyn. I was just 10 at the time. (Mr. Hodges only lived 11 blocks away from me.) He was wearing a World Series ring as he lay in his casket. I'll never forget how big it was.
I've also had the pleasure of meeting Willie Randolph on two occasions. The first time I met him was in 1997 at the re-opening of the Tower Records store in Lincoln Center. He was wearing his 1977 championship ring, and I asked him if I could see it. He was a very gracious and did so. It was another huge rock, with an enormous Yankee logo in the middle. Willie told me the first ring was always the most special for him, and always wore that one.
Well, now I've finally gotten a chance to wear one, if only for a very brief few moments. And it was one from a very special year, and a very special team.