Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Who Gets a World Series Ring?

With the World Series in full swing and both the New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals vying for their first World Series ring in nearly 30 years. Speaking of World Series rings I always find it interesting to see actually who gets a World Series ring when the team wins the championship. To simplify things, everyone gets a ring. Literally, everyone.

Dan Uggla won a World Series ring with the San Francisco Giants in 2014 despite playing in just four games with the club and despite going 0-for-11 with six strikeouts and two errors. The only saving grace for Uggla struggling so much is that Joe Panik was inserted into the lineup at second base and the team may not win that World Series ring for Uggla without Panik in the lineup.

In 2013 Boston Red Sox pitcher Brayan Villareal received a World Series ring after facing one batter, Marco Scutaro, and walking him on four pitches. The walk was with the bases loaded so it walked in a run and he was immediately relieved after the walk. No worries for him though, technically he is still a World Series champion.

It’s not just those types of scenarios and players that get the rings, it’s almost literally everyone. We’ve heard so many stories of a training assistant, a scout, and the water boy etc. getting a ring only to sell them on EBay a few years later. The bat boy probably gets a ring and so does the girl sweeping up all the sunflower seeds.

Imagine if the Yankees had won the World Series this season with all the players that were sent down, called up, designated for assignment, traded away, or casted off in some way, shape or form. Hell I bet even Hank and Hal Steinbrenner would get one, Randy Levine too. Might not be a bad thing that the team didn’t win a World Series in 2015, there would be no money left for 2016. I joke, kind of. 

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