Three men who found the Red Sox division title banner on the highway in a Boston suburb Monday have returned the banner to Fenway Park.
According to the Boston Globe, Louie Iacuzzi, 44, of Malden, Massachusetts and his two friends found the 2018 division championship banner that the team plans to unveil at Fenway Park if they win the American League East title.
Iacuzzi and his friends held onto the banner for two days, hoping they'd be rewarded with game tickets or a chance to meet their favorite players.
Instead, the Boston Globe reports, the men took the banner to Fenway on Wednesday afternoon and returned empty-handed.
Iacuzzi told the Globe that he and his friends saw an object wrapped up on McGrath Highway in Somerville Monday morning. He crossed several lanes of traffic to get the object, which ended up being a massive banner that read "2018 American League East Champions."
Iacuzzi said they want to return the banner to the Red Sox in time to raise it at Fenway Park.
“We want to return it, we’re trying to do the right thing, but I’m not just going to hand it to them, know what I mean?” Iacuzzi said.
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He said he and his friends are hoping to either get financial compensation or tickets to a game for returning the banner.
Iacuzzi didn’t have a specific asking price in mind.
“We want to find out what the thing’s worth. We don't know.”
Iacuzzi told the Globe that he and his friends spoke with a team representative Tuesday.
Red Sox spokeswoman Zineb Curran said in a statement the team has “been in touch with the people who have the banner in their possession and provided them with a variety of ways they may return it to us or the original vendor.”
The team told the Associated Press that the banner allegedly fell off a vendor’s delivery truck.
The Red Sox need one win against the Yankees to clinch the title. They lost the first two game to the Yankees 3-2 and 10-1 but they will have another opportunity Thursday when they play in the Bronx.