May 24, 2020 | Todd Dybas, NBC Sports
Salivating and awe came first. Distribution will have to wait.
The Nationals revealed their jewel-laden championship ring during a slow-moving, hour-long telecast Sunday night which was originally supposed to include select players receiving their rings. After pushback from the players -- who wanted to receive the rings together when it was safe to do so -- the night was converted to more of a reveal than reaction.
The ring itself included several nods to the D.C. area, markers from the championship season, and specific personalizations.
Here’s a blow-by-blow:
-- The ring is 14-karat white and yellow gold
-- The “W” logo is made from 30 rubies to represent the 30 runs the team scored in the four World Series game
-- Around the logo are 58 pavé-set diamonds
-- Above and below the logo or the words “World Champions” set over the ring via 32 sapphires. This number represents the sum total of the team’s 2019 walk-off wins (7), shutout wins (13), longest winning streak (8 games), and playoff rounds won (4).
-- An additional 108 diamonds are featured along the ring top, representing the number of regular season and postseason wins (105), plus one diamond for the World Series title and two diamonds for the locations -- Washington and Montreal -- of the franchise.
-- The top and bottom of the ring have 12 rubies to represent the total number of postseason wins
-- On the left side in yellow gold is the player’s name
-- Beneath the name is a flag, the Capitol Building and the Roman numerals MMVI to represent the year the Lerner family purchased the franchise
-- The player’s number is in diamonds on the bottom left side
-- “Fight Finished” is on the right side
-- The interior of the ring is engraved with a shark symbol holding a yellow gold trophy. So, yes, a nod to “Baby Shark” has made it onto the rings
-- Also on the interior are the team logos of each opponent the Nationals defeated in the postseason
-- “Go 1-0 every day” is also engraved inside
-- In total, the average championship ring contains 170 total diamonds, 32 custom-cut sapphires, 31 custom-cut rubies, and 24 princess-cut rubies for a precious total stone carat weight of 23.2 carats.
The lead up of the ring reveal included congratulatory messages from a slew of people associated with the Nationals in the present and past.
Former closer Chad Cordero and catcher Brian Schneider started the video messages. Denard Span and Adam LaRoche followed. Redskins quarterback Alex Smith, former Redskins player Brian Mitchell, chef José Andrés and Dr. Anthony Fauci were among several others to send congratulations.
In a post-reveal show, the players emphasized they were looking forward to receiving the rings in a group.
“I think the only thing better than seeing it is going to be wearing it,” Howie Kendrick said.