"There are guys who have played so long in the big leagues that don't have one, and here I am sitting here with one. It's almost like a dream."
Diaz earned the ring as a member of the 2013 World Series champion Red Sox, with whom he played five games before being sent to Triple-A Pawtucket in his only season with the team.
Red Sox manager John Farrell and assistant general manager Mike Hazen made a presentation to Diaz in a private ceremony before Saturday's game. Farrell managed the Blue Jays through two Spring Training camps that Diaz attended, so to receive his ring from a familiar face made the moment all the more special. Brian Butterfield, the Red Sox current third-base coach, was also a member of the Blue Jays coaching staff during Diaz's first stint with Toronto.
"We got to know each other pretty well," Diaz said. "And I know how hard they work. You know what they put in and the sacrifices they make. It's one of those things where I was able to be a part of that clubhouse for a week, to see that chemistry and how they work and get along. It's something very special and I'm just glad to be able to be a part of it."
As for where he'll store his most prized possession, Diaz said it'll be locked up tight.
"I'm going to put it away, probably in a safe deposit box," he said. "I'm not sure how I'll get it back to the States. I might have my wife take it back."
Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.