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Men who held Red Sox AL East title banner hostage will get nothing in return

Lucy Burdge
September 20, 2018 - 9:26 am

Louie Iacuzzi and James Amaral will get nothing in return for recovering the Red Sox 2018 AL East title banner they say they found on a highway in Somerville.

Iacuzzi said he crossed three lanes on McGrath Highway to retrieve the banner, which was wrapped in a brown paper bag, and thinks he should get something in return for giving it back to the Red Sox.

A team spokesperson told the Boston Globe the banner was returned to Fenway Park on Wednesday and the two men will get nothing for finding it.

Iacuzzi, a Malden resident, said he wanted playoff tickets or a meeting with a player for his find.

“We want to return it, we’re trying to do the right thing, but I’m not just going to hand it to them, know what I mean?” Iacuzzi said. “We don’t know what we want. We want to return it, 100 percent, but we would like to get something … If I didn’t pick it up, a hundred people would have ran over it. I don’t want a million dollars. I don’t need a million dollars. All I wanted was to maybe bring my family, my friends to a [expletive> baseball game, maybe meet a player.”

He said his father suggested he put the banner up for sale on eBay but he had planned to “do the right thing” and return it to the Red Sox--for a fee of sorts.

“We want to find out what the thing’s worth,” he said. “We don’t know.”

But it’s not like they couldn’t just print another banner.

Tony Lafuente, owner of Flagraphics, said the company already had another one ready to go if this duo didn’t return it.

So basically the first one is worthless.

“We already have a new banner made,” Lafuente said. “I’ve been doing work for the Boston Red Sox since 1992. Nothing ever happened like this.”