Just like his former teammates over in D.C., Rendon-now playing for the Los Angeles Angels-received his World Series championship ring Thursday after months of waiting amid the coronavirus pandemic. The typically stoic infielder gave an on-brand answer when asked for his thoughts on the ring.
Anthony Rendon got his Nats World Series ring this morning. What is he going to do with it?— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) July 9, 2020
"Find the closest pawn shop," he said, staring deadpan. He finally busted out laughing and said he was kidding.
The joke might not have landed on a Zoom call full of Angels beat reporters on mute, but Nationals fans came to expect those kinds of sarcastic responses from Rendon over the years. He went on to say he was frustrated over how long it took him to receive the ring and cited a lengthy coordination process.
Rendon signed a seven-year, $245 million free-agent deal with the Angels last offseason after spending seven years with the Nationals. Even though he won two Silver Sluggers and received NL MVP votes in four separate seasons, Rendon was never considered one of the sport's biggest stars until last season when he made the All-Star team for the first time and led the majors with 126 RBIs.
However, that was just the way Rendon liked it. Never a player who looked for the spotlight, he should do just fine playing on a team that has the sport's best player in Mike Trout hitting in front of him.
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