The Boston Red Sox are one win away from winning the American League East, and so they had a banner made that they could unveil it when it happens, IF it does.
But in the process of it being delivered to Fenway . . . the banner somehow FELL OFF the delivery truck and onto the highway, where it was discovered by three buddies who were out on a coffee run.
So they grabbed it off the road and did what any fan would do: They held it HOSTAGE. Seriously . . . they said they would return it to the team in exchange for PLAYOFF TICKETS.
One guy said, quote, “We wanna give it back to them because it belongs to them, and it doesn’t belong to us. But in reciprocation, we would like, you know, to maybe go to a nice playoff game or . . . we’re looking for something.
“We don’t want to just hand it over to them. We need to negotiate here.”
In a way, it isn’t surprising that Boston fans would play their cards like this . . . but the Red Sox didn’t appreciate it. And the company that made the banner accused them of STEALING the sign, which they deny.
One of the guys got salty when he realized they weren’t going to be rewarded.
He said, quote, “If I didn’t pick it up, a hundred people would have ran over it . . . I don’t want a million dollars . . . all I wanted was to maybe bring my family, my friends to [an effing] baseball game, [or] maybe meet a player.”
The guys eventually caved, and returned the banner in time for last night’s game against the Yankees . . . without getting ANYTHING in return. They said they hoped the good gesture would bring the team luck.
It didn’t. The Red Sox failed to clinch last night, and were DESTROYED by the Yankees by a score of 10-1.
(The “Boston Globe” has video of these guys, and their very thick accents. These guys are buffoons. If they would’ve just delivered the banner directly, without the public negotiating and threats, it’s hard to imagine the team not doing something for them.)