Phils thrilled to get championship rings
Jewelry set with 103 diamonds, representing team's wins
PHILADELPHIA -- There are 103 diamonds totaling 3.84 karats on the Phillies' 2008 World Series championship ring, which is made of 14-karat white gold and crowned with a ruby inlay topped with the franchise's signature P.
Phillies senior vice president of business and finance Jerry Clothier called the ring priceless.
But the true measure of the ring isn't in the number of diamonds or rubies or the months it took to design it, but in the reaction it got from players like Jamie Moyer.
"I had no expectations," Moyer said after the ring ceremony, which preceded the Phillies' dramatic 12-11 victory over the Braves at Citizens Bank Park. "But it exceeds any expectations I could have even had."
Emotions overcame him, much like former general manager Pat Gillick, who shed tears as he handed out the rings with Phillies president David Montgomery.
"This whole thing just ... allows me to reflect ... on my life in this game and how fortunate I've been," Moyer said. "And all the sacrifices my parents have made, my wife and children. It's very special. And this isn't sadness. This is happiness. And I can do nothing but thank my family for their sacrifices and all the people I've played with in my career. Managers, coaches, pitching coaches, teammates. And most importantly, my teammates from last year. And our organization. And our coaches. Because without them I wouldn't be standing here in front of you today.
"It's pretty special. And I think it's a lot to reflect on."
Montgomery and Gillick presented rings to the players, coaches and manager Charlie Manuel. Players not currently with the team also were invited. Pat Burrell, Geoff Jenkins, Kyle Kendrick and Adam Eaton came to the ceremony. Others, like Tom Gordon, Rudy Seanez, So Taguchi, former bench coach Jimy Williams and former third-base coach Steve Smith were not present.
Burrell received a nice ovation.
Eaton got booed heavily.
"Everybody joked about what I should do," Eaton said beforehand.
But this clearly was a moment the players had been waiting for. They play to win championships and get those rings.
"The World Series was pretty exciting. The parade was very exciting," Moyer said. "Knowing we were going to be getting a ring and the excitement of that. The day is finally here."
Moyer said he isn't sure what he will do with the ring.
Wear it? Display it? His teammates have the same problem with many of them saying they will wear the rings only on special occasions.
"I don't expect that I would want to flaunt this," Moyer said. "It's an achievement. It's a team achievement. Hopefully, I can choose the right time and the right place to wear it and be respectful."
Moyer, like everybody else, was completely surprised when they received their rings. The Phillies had a special ring design committee that kept the design secret.
"I don't think there was one player in that clubhouse that had any inkling about what these rings were going to look like," he said. "And I think that makes it even more special."
The 103 diamonds represent the 103 victories from 2008: 92 in the regular season and 11 in the postseason. The words "World Champions" are written along the ring's top and bottom outer rim. The left side of the ring features the player's name and number atop and below the Liberty Bell. The right side of the ring has the World Series trophy rising out of Citizens Bank Park, which Clothier said represents the support from fans throughout the season. The right side of the ring also includes a "P" and "TB" for the Phillies and Tampa Bay with a "4" below the "P" representing the Phillies' four wins in the World Series and "1" below the "TB" representing the Rays' one win.
The only complaint all day? The fit.
But even that wasn't much of a problem.
"I'll grow into it," Moyer said.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.