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Joe Kelly finds Tony LaRussa's World Series ring in his glove

Rob Bradford
August 06, 2018 - 10:35 am

Joe Kelly has had a lot of firsts this season, but what happened to him Friday might take the cake.

Reaching into his baseball glove prior to working out at Fenway Park, the Red Sox pitcher found something -- Tony LaRussa's 2011 World Series ring.

The story starts with LaRussa being called upon to catch the first pitch from his former boss Roland Hemond prior to Thursday night's game. From there we'll let the pitcher explain ...

"He brought a glove from like 1905, the old pancake with no pocket. But then he was like, ‘Seriously, can I borrow one of your gloves?’ So I gave him the glove and he went out and caught the first pitch. I didn’t think about anything because I came back and the glove was in my locker. I went the next day to play catch, got my glove out, went out there and started to throw during pitchers’ stretch. I stuck my hand it in and my hand got stuck. It jammed my pinky. I pulled it out right away because it hurt. I thought someone put seeds in my glove to mess with me. But then I looked and I was like, ‘What the hell is this?’ I spread my glove open and there it was, Tony’s World Series ring. At first I thought it was a joke, but then 10 seconds later I realized you don’t joke around something like that. It probably means a lot to him so I don’t think he would joke with something that was $50,000.

"That ring is big so I’m assuming he took it off one of his fingers and put in the pinky spot. If you’re wearing a glove a ring can’t fit expect in the pinky finger slot because it’s bigger. So he probably put it on his pinky finger to catch, took his glove off to shake the glove hand, came back and was like, ‘Oh no, where is my ring?’ Then I found out he was searching for it all night."

LaRussa was ultimately alerted that Kelly was in possession of the ring after a front office employee saw Kelly's tweet showing surprise accessory.