August 8, 2018

The Hall of Fame manager has enough championship rings from his baseball career to nearly fill one hand, but somehow he almost let one get away:

Tony La Russa lost world series ring

La Russa has three World Series rings as a manager, winning one with the Oakland Athletics in 1989 and two additional rings with the St. Louis Cardinals. And his Hall of Fame induction in 2014 came with a championship ring as well, bringing his total to four.

Thanks to Twitter, the world learned on Friday, that La Russa left one of his Cardinal World Series rings in a very unusual place.

Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Joe Kelly Tweeted on Friday afternoon that La Russa’s World Series ring was found wedged inside his baseball glove.

If you’re wondering how the heck Tony La Russa’s World Series ring wound up in Joe Kelly’s glove, here’s the scoop: La Russa borrowed his mitt to use for the first pitch ceremony before Thursday’s 15-7 win against the New York Yankees.

La Russa was on hand not to throw out the first pitch. He actually caught it from former MLB executive Roland Hemond, who was being honored by the Red Sox. Hemond, who worked many years for the Chicago White Sox, is credited with helping to launch La Russa’s career and also the career of Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski.

La Russa now serves as vice president and special assistant to Dombrowski with the Red Sox, which in a sense has brought their careers full circle.

So La Russa needed to borrow a baseball glove to catch the first pitch. Who better to bother than a relief pitcher?

Kelly did pitch one scoreless inning during Thursday’s game, so one might wonder why he didn’t reveal La Russa’s mishap following the game. The answer is he probably didn’t even know. MLB players typically have game gloves and warm up gloves, so the glove with La Russa’s World Series ring was likely in his locker until Friday’s discovery.

La Russa probably realized his World Series ring was missing, but perhaps he never thought to ask Kelly to check the baseball glove.

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