The Washington Nationals revealed their 2019 World Series championship ring design last night, about two months after the team had originally planned on giving them out to players. The players have opted to wait until they can all safely gather again in person before they physically receive their rings.
The ring is 14 karat white and yellow gold featuring 170 diamonds in total with 55 rubies and 32 sapphires. The main design is the Nats “W” logo in red rubies on a field of diamonds surrounded with a sapphire circle and “WORLD CHAMPIONS” written within. Plenty of bling, worthy of the franchise’s first World Series victory, celebrated as the franchise played their 50th anniversary season.
As for the sides, on the one we see the player’s name and number, a shot of various Washington, D.C. landmarks, and an American flag with “2019” on it. The other shows the World Series trophy, five stars, the exterior of Nationals Park, below “FIGHT FINISHED”, a play on the team’s “Stay in the Fight” motto.
Inside the ring is a cartoon shark holding a World Series trophy, in honour of Gerardo Parra’s walkup song “Baby Shark” as well as their opponent’s logos and series results throughout their playoff run. On the bottom of the ring is the phrase “Go 1-0 Everyday”, the team’s 2019 mantra.
So why 170 diamonds, 55 rubies, and 32 sapphires? Well, the team had an answer for everything. In what seems like another case of “let’s figure some reason the numbers can make sense after the fact”.
Take a look:
32 sapphires? Well that’s because the team won 7 games by walkoff and 13 games by shutout and also had an 8 game winning streak while playing 4 playoff rounds, of course.
There’s 108 diamonds on the face of the ring… why? No, not because that’s how many could fit, silly. It’s for the team’s 93 regular season wins, 12 playoff wins, 1 World Series championship, and… and… (guys we’re two short, we need to think of some reason for 2!), uh, two cities the franchise has played in.
FanGraphs’ Dan Szymborski took his own shot at explaining 108 diamonds on his Twitter account yesterday:
Seems just as plausable, to be honest.
Regardless of the absurd explanations for those numbers, the ring looks great, I just wish it included the championship year somewhere on it’s face rather than pushing it off to the side – though this is something all teams have been doing with their rings for some time now.
Let’s compare to other recent World Series rings:
Which one is best? Have your say in the poll below!
World Series ring photos courtesy Jostens, feature graphic via Washington Nationals