As soon as the dust settled following the Red Sox’ Game 5 win to clinch the World Series at Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers organization began a show of graciousness in defeat.
According to Lon Rosen, Dodgers executive vice president and chief marketing officer, the organization dug up home plate and the pitching rubber from that deciding game, and had them both authenticated before gifting them to Red Sox front office personnel.
“This was a great World Series and the Red Sox are a class organization,” said Rosen. “We have friends over there with [Red Sox president] Sam Kennedy and [chairman] Tom Werner, so we wanted to give them something of value as a token of respect and professional admiration.”
The Dodgers also took out a full page ad in Wednesday’s Globe.
After falling to the Houston Astros in the 2017 World Series, the Dodgers took out a full page ad in the Houston Chronicle.
“That’s never the plan and we prefer not to have to [take out an ad],” Rosen said.
“But we did it because we think it was a well played World Series. We have a friendly business rivalry [with the Red Sox] on and off the field. It’s a competition, but at the end of the day, we do feel it warrants something of this nature.”
The Dodgers also collected baseballs from the three games at Dodger Stadium and dirt from their field to give to the Red Sox.
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