The Red Sox’ home opener is today and before the game they were presented with their World Series rings. But it wasn’t just the ordinary presentation with the team owner giving them their jewelry. The rings were carried out on to the field by people associated with the Marathon bombing last year. Families of victims, firefighters and other first responders.
Say what you want about the Red Sox, but they do a fantastic job of connecting with their community in meaningful ways. There is just not a team that any closer of a relationship with its city than do the Red Sox. Just makes moments like this pretty perfect.
And, for the record, here are the rings:
Not exactly understated, but compared to the World Series banner they unveiled before the game it’s practically reserved:
Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.
Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.
The big presidential pardon news today concerns the commutation of Chelsea Manning’s sentence. We’ll leave that aside. For our purposes, know that someone in the world of baseball was pardoned: Willie McCovey.
Yes, Hall of Famer Willie McCovey, who in 1995 pleaded guilty to income tax fraud related to the non-reporting of income received from memorabilia and autograph shows. Duke Snider pleaded guilty alongside McCovey. They were given two years probation and fines of $5,000. Snider died in 2011. McCovey still works with the San Francisco Giants as a senior advisor and goodwill ambassador.
President Obama’s release of McCovey’s pardon was pretty succinct. But it’s enough to scrub the record of one of the greatest sluggers of all time.