Championship rings for all
Via Tyler Kepner of the NY Times:
With the Yankees headed to Oakland this week, Manager Joe Girardi is bringing a ring for Chad Gaudin and Edwar Ramirez, the former Yankees right-handers who now pitch for the Athletics. General Manager Brian Cashman has also sent rings to Brian Bruney and Chien-Ming Wang of the Nationals and Phil Coke and Johnny Damon of the Tigers.
“Johnny just got his yesterday,” Cashman said. “He texted me: ‘Just got the ring. It’s wonderful. Thank you very much.’”
After Jerry Hairston Jr. flew in from San Diego to pick up his ring last Tuesday, he left with rings for his former teammates Melky Cabrera and Eric Hinske, who are now with the Atlanta Braves. The Padres were playing the Braves the next night, and Hairston delivered the rings to his former teammates.
While I could care less about a guy like Brian Bruney, it’s somewhat sad to see the Yankees receive their World Series rings without Melky Cabrera and Johnny Damon, in particular, at the ceremony. Those two were obviously significant pieces to the 2009 puzzle, so it really is too bad that they could not be in attendance at Yankee Stadium last week. Logistically, such a scenario just wasn’t going to happen, but, to see them all would have been quite a treat.
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