When the Boston Red Sox won the World Series in 2004, for the first time in 86 years, the ball that made the final out quickly turned controversial. First baseman Doug Mientkiewicz kept it and claimed it was his. In what became an ugly story, the two sides eventually agreed to donate the ball to the Hall of Fame.
In 2007, the ball from the final out of the Red Sox's World Series win went home with closer Jonathan Papelbon, where his dog chewed it up.
This time around? There's no controversy and no dog slobber.
David Ross, the journeyman catcher who squeezed the final strikeout of the season by Red Sox closer Koji Uehara, has the ball and isn't too particular about where it goes next.
“It’s in my locker," Ross told WEEI in Boston. "Whoever wants it can have it — owner, manager, Koji, whoever wants it can have it."
Ross, meanwhile, is happier to have played in (and won!) the first World Series in his 12-year, six-team career. He told WEEI just winning the World Series meant more than any souvenir.
"I’ve got a world championship to put in my back pocket,” he said.
And now, folks, you have one more reason to like Ross, the 36-year-old backup catcher with the salt-and-pepper beard. He's the same guy who overcame two concussions this season and was the unlikely hero for the Red Sox in their Game 5 win.
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