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Matt Garza had his American League Championship ring stolen

Jan 31, 2012, 10:18 PM EDT

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From the Fresno Bee comes word that burglars recently broke into Matt Garza‘s Fresno County, California home and stole his 2008 American League championship ring which he earned while pitching with the Rays. The robbery happened at some point between January 26 and this morning.

The ring, which is engraved with Garza’s name and has several white diamonds and one yellow diamond, is valued at $30,000.

Garza was named the ALCS MVP in 2008 after going 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA with a 14/6 K/BB ratio over 13 innings against the Red Sox. The Rays went on to lose to the Phillies in the World Series in five games.

Garza and his current team, the Cubs, have an arbitration hearing scheduled for this Friday. The 28-year-old right-hander requested  $12.5 million and was offered $7.95 million from the Cubs when arbitration figures were exchanged earlier this month. Despite the sizable gap between the two sides, Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune reported earlier this evening that the Cubs are still hopeful of reaching a settlement prior to a hearing.

  1. mattkempsdetlefschrempfs - Jan 31, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    After learning of the burglary Garza & his agent immediately contacted the Cubs to notify them that their initial salary request was fat-fingered & they actually meant $12.53 million.

  2. Chris K - Jan 31, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    I didn’t even know they made rings for the ALCS.

  3. marshmallowsnake - Jan 31, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    I knew they made rings for this, but seriously…. 30k for a non-world series ring?

    • Jonny 5 - Feb 1, 2012 at 12:48 PM

      It’s a BS inflated number that is normal for a Police report. Like how 10 lbs of marijuana in a bust was worth 1 million street value. etc…

      30 grand is a gross exaggeration actually. Example below WS champ Braves staff ring which is more valuable than a known stolen Garza AL championship ring.

      http://www.championship-rings.net/product_p/rmlb95bravessm.htm

      • 24missed - Feb 1, 2012 at 1:57 PM

        What happened to the marijuana?

      • 24missed - Feb 1, 2012 at 2:11 PM

        Totally kidding about the weed. And I realize now, this isn’t something I should even consider for a joke.

        Regardless of the monetary value, and thanks for the link, it must be something terrible to lose such a sentimental piece of your career. Hopefully, it is returned.

        Then, again, there is much worse in life to lose.

  4. cavredleg15 - Feb 1, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    Hopefully the Thieves are thugs and attempt to sell the ring either at a pawn shop or some other outlet that would turn in this type of “customer”.

  5. seanb20124 - Feb 1, 2012 at 7:49 AM

    Probably be on an upcoming episode of Pawn Stars

  6. JB (the original) - Feb 1, 2012 at 7:59 AM

    Should have kept it hidden in a spitoon (he must have one in every room of his house….right????

  7. phukyouk - Feb 1, 2012 at 8:20 AM

    is it just me or does someone seem to be targeting Rays players for the last 12 months or so?

    • Francisco (FC) - Feb 1, 2012 at 9:07 AM

      Maybe it’s the 2008 postseason. Kyle Kendrick had his ring stolen as well a while back. Can’t blame them, that postseason WAS magical he he.

  8. 0807man - Feb 1, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    30,000 or not what’s yours is yours and needs to be returned to him, hope the catch the damn thieves

  9. virusgvr - Feb 1, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Right here is another example of how out of touch sports has gotten!! 30K FOR A RING!?!?!?!?! This is crazy!!! No wonder why tickets in the 100′s section of a baseball game for 85.00 for a damn 3 hour event! bEER IS $9.00 and nachos are like $6.50…. all because someones ring is 30,000 effing dollars!!!

  10. Utley's Hair - Feb 1, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Ah…remember way back when a yellow diamond meant it was cheap and whoever bought it was a moron?

  11. paul621 - Feb 1, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    @virusgvr: You completely ignore supply and demand. Tickets cost that much because people still buy them at that price. Beer costs that much because people still buy it.

  12. Mike Cook - Feb 4, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    What is it with those 2008 Rays ALCS rings? Two team employees have also had theirs stolen. The employee rings are estimated at about $3,500. Thankfully one of those was recovered.

    http://www.baynews9.com/article/news/2010/september/150902/Former-Rays-employee-says-championship-ring-stolen

    http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/st-petersburg-police-pest-control-worker-stole-rays-championship-ring/1111162

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