Saturday, April 12, 2014

Red Sox give Ellsbury World Series ring at Yankee Stadium: Report

Five months removed from winning a world championship with the Boston Red Sox and Jacoby Ellsbury finally received his 2013 World Series ring in the most unlikely place of all — Yankee Stadium.

The new Yankees outfielder received his 2013 championship ring from Boston manager John Farrell and general manager Ben Cherington in a suite somewhere in their rival's stadium Friday night before the AL East Division game, according to

"I was excited to put it on," said Ellsbury, who was warmly greeted by his former Boston teammates. "Excited to get it. It was neat."

Ellsbury had said he was looking forward to finally receiving the ring after former teammates had told him about how impressive it was. Even if it was in the awkward surroundings.

"It's very nice," he said. "Those guys let me know that it's pretty special and that it's neat. So, I was definitely happy I could receive it from Farrell and Cherington."

It is the second piece of championship bling for Ellsbury. He also has one with the Red Sox for their 2007 World Series title — which he said he still occasionally wears but hasn't since signing a $153-million, seven-year deal with the Yankees this offseason.

The Red Sox also gave a ring to Yankees reliever Matt Thornton, who was on the team but hurt during its championship run last season.

Ellsbury probably won't hear any boos during this series, which will be played in front of his new home crowd.  But that will likely change when the Yankees visit Fenway Park later this month.

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