One ring shall bind them as 2013 World Series champions. The Boston Red Sox had opening day at Fenway Park on Friday, and as part of the pregame ceremony they handed out championship rings to the players. The ring pictured belongs to Samsung's David Ortiz. The Jostens rings are white gold with ruby red socks with a sapphire background and diamonds around the edge. They're a tad on the garish side, but when you win the World Series, there's no reason for the ring itself to be understated.
The neatest part of Ortiz's ring might be the three World Series trophies to one side, marking all of the Red Sox championships since 2004. That's a heck of a career.
Here's what it looks like on the inside:
On the inside of the Red Sox' World Series rings is a "Bearded Brothers" logo and inscription. pic.twitter.com/mHVpv5DvOH
— Matt Pepin (@mattpep15) April 4, 2014
Here's a breakdown of what the rings include:
#RedSox ring fast facts: 14-karat white gold, 126 diamonds, 16 custom-cut sapphires, 9 custom-cut rubies
— Scott Lauber (@ScottLauber) April 4, 2014
They probably could be made of cheddar cheese and they'd still be neat. But would players be as excited as this with cheesy fingers?
And what about players who aren't on the team anymore? It depends. Stephen Drew ought to get his ring eventually, but Ryan Dempster — who announced he was taking the season off and forfeiting his salary — was at Fenway to get his bling. The Boston Globe was among those with whom Dempster spoke:
He wasn’t about to miss Friday’s home opener. There was a big, diamond-encrusted ring just his size that needed to be picked up.
“It’s going to be a special moment. It’s something you play your whole career for, and some guys in here are lucky enough to already have some [rings], but it’s going to be the first time for me, so I’m really excited,” Dempster said, speaking to reporters inside the Red Sox clubhouse a few hours before Friday’s home opener against the Milwaukee Brewers. “It’s just fun to be back around the guys for a little bit.”
Here's a look at the previous two Red Sox World Series rings, for a comparison:
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