BOSTON -- Derek Lowe is a talker. The veteran Indians pitcher has a loose way about him and is constantly in a joking mood with reporters and teammates inside the Cleveland clubhouse.
On Saturday, when Lowe stepped outside the locker room at Fenway Park, the pitcher was rendered uncharacteristically speechless.
The Red Sox presented Lowe with a new 2004 World Series ring prior to Saturday's game in Boston, replacing the one that was stolen in a home robbery earlier this year. Lowe, who won all three clinching games for the Red Sox during that historic postseason run, was blown away by the gesture from his former organization.
"I didn't know what to say," Lowe said on Sunday morning. "That's one of the classiest things I've ever seen."
Lowe received a phone call in the clubhouse on Saturday, requesting that he step outside for a minute. When he walked into the ballpark's concourse, Red Sox principal owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner and team president Larry Lucchino were all waiting for him. Lowe appreciated that all three walked over to deliver the replacement ring.
"By no means did they have to do it," said Lowe, who spent parts of eight seasons with Boston from 1997-2004. "I knew there was probably an opportunity for me to buy another one. To have all three of them there, too, it really meant a lot. To have them go out of their way, to show their appreciation, it was something you'll never forget.
"It almost means more this time, because it's something that was a selfless act on their part."