Luigi Militello, a Rockville Centre native who now

Luigi Militello, a Rockville Centre native who now lives in Manhattan, watches Derek Jeter’s final game with his fiance, Elyse Myller, from the EMC Club at Fenway Park on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. (Credit: Luigi Militello)

Luigi Militello considers himself a die-hard New York Yankees fan, but perched on his mantel — next to a baseball autographed by Derek Jeter — now sits a replica of the Boston Red Sox 2013 World Series championship ring.

The ring was a gift from the Red Sox, and the Rockville Centre native wore it throughout Beantown last weekend, including to Jeter’s final game at Fenway Park.

“I…

Luigi Militello considers himself a die-hard New York Yankees fan, but perched on his mantel — next to a baseball autographed by Derek Jeter — now sits a replica of the Boston Red Sox 2013 World Series championship ring.

The ring was a gift from the Red Sox, and the Rockville Centre native wore it throughout Beantown last weekend, including to Jeter’s final game at Fenway Park.

“I got a lot of play out of that,” he said.

The knock-off fooled most people who saw it, he said, until he told them the truth.

“I must have told the story umpteen times,” he added.

The story — which went viral in late July — was that Militello found a real version of the Red Sox World Series ring in the restroom of his Manhattan restaurant, Luke’s Bar and Grill. The 14-carat gold ring encrusted with diamonds, sapphires and rubies with the team’s logo had been accidentally left behind by Drew Weber, the owner of the Lowell Spinners, a Red Sox Class A minor league team.

Militello returned the ring to Weber — after subjecting him to some razzing — and refused to accept a monetary reward. So instead, Weber showed his gratitude in other …read more