You steal from former major leaguer Ducky Schofield, it's like stealing from Washington Nationals slugger Jayson Werth, one of his grandsons. You steal from Werth, it's like stealing from Big League Stew, where Werth did "Answer Man" in 2010. You steal from The Stew, and we're not friends anymore.
Criminals recently swiped the 1960 World Series ring belonging to Schofield, who enjoyed a 19-year major league career, mostly with the Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals. He's also the father of Dick Schofield, a longtime shortstop with the Angels.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that a break-in occurred at Ducky Schofield's home in Springfield, Ill:
"We'll get it back,'' Werth said. "If not, we'll get a replica.''
Werth says his own World Series ring, won with the Phillies in 2008, is in a safe-deposit box.
Schofield, who is 78 years old, was Dick Groat's backup at short in '60, batting a career-high .333 that season before going 1 for 3 with a walk in the Series that famously ended on a home run by Bill Mazeroski. So his ring marks an important World Series, one of the more cherished ones in baseball history.
So, if you see anyone trying to sell a ring that looks like the one below, and they can't verify where it comes from, call the police:
That's a sharp-looking champions ring. Get it back for ol' Ducky Schofield.