DETROIT -- Rangers third, baseman Adrian Beltre, who played one year for the Red Sox said he asked manager Ron Washington for a day off so he could fly back to Boston for the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park.
"Sure I asked," Beltre said at Comerica Park before Friday's game against the Tigers. "That's why I'm still here."
So was David Murphy, who played 23 games for the Red Sox in 2006-07.
"They didn't ask," Washington said. "If they had asked permission, I probably would have given it to them. ... We'll let them all go."
Beltre and Washington were both joking. But they did have enough time to fly back to Boston for the pregame ceremonies and then get back to Detroit for their Friday night game against the Tigers.
"Yeah, you going to pay for the private plane?" Beltre said. "It's a really historic ballpark. You can feel the atmosphere in the ballpark ... so much history. I enjoyed playing there."
Murphy got a World Series ring out of it. He played in three games for the Red Sox in 2007, before being traded to the Rangers at the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. The Red Sox ended up winning it all, and Murphy still got the same World Series ring as Kevin Youkilis, Dustin Pedroia and others.
"I'm very appreciative of that ring," Murphy said. "It's definitely awesome to have a World Series ring. I don't exactly feel I earned it. I was in the big leagues for four days and got two at-bats."