BOSTON Derek Lowe was one of the heroes of the Red Sox 2004 World Series season. He went 3-0 with wins in each of the three clinching games of that postseason, helping the Red Sox to their first World Series title in 86 years.
But his commemorative ring from that historic season was stolen during a break-in at his Fort Myers, Fla., home last week.
Red Sox owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner, and president Larry Lucchino rectified that this weekend. They presented Lowe with a replacement ring before Saturdays game.
"You know me, I can talk," Lowe told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "But it was one of those moments where I didn't even know what to say. It wasn't like they just sent over a bat boy or sent it over. All three of them came over to give it to me. They said some really nice things.
"I just thought it was one of the classiest things I've seen. The Sox traveling secretary Jack McCormick called over to our clubhouse and said, "Hey, someone is going to stop by and wants to give you something.'
They didn't have to do that at all. I just don't want it to go unnoticed. I knew there was an opportunity for me to buy another one, but to have all three of them there when they gave it to me really meant a lot.
"It's something I'll never forget. It almost means more this time because it was a selfless act on their part. I just want people to know they did this."
Lowe left the Sox after that season and is in his first season with the Cleveland, where he is 5-1 with a 2.47 ERA after beating the Sox in the first game of this four-game series.