CHICAGO — When you win the earth Series for the 1st time in 108 years, you can laugh at yourself. Take the idea coming from the Chicago Cubs, who baked an old source of angst into the 2016 championship rings they unveiled at Wrigley Field Wednesday night.
The rings incorporate many of the hallmarks of franchise lore: the bricks in addition to also ivy, the marquee in addition to also the “W” flag — in addition to also the goat.
Yes, etched on the inner band of the rings can be a goat’s head, symbolizing the Curse of the Billy Goat, the hoary legend of a hex put on the franchise by a tavern owner whose pet was denied entry to the 1945 World Series. The Cubs did not reach the earth Series again until last fall, when they beat the Cleveland Indians in seven games.
The precise moment of victory — Nov. 3, 2016 at 12:47 a.m. — can be also engraved on the inner band of the ring, which includes 108 diamonds encircling a Cubs bull’s-eye logo made of rubies in addition to also sapphires. Each player received his ring coming from a different Cubs fan in a pregame ceremony of which began with Commissioner Rob Manfred giving rings to the owner Tom Ricketts in addition to also his family.
Three Cubs Hall of Famers — Fergie Jenkins, Ryne Sandberg in addition to also Billy Williams — also received rings, in addition to also one player gone coming from the championship roster, the retired catcher David Ross, was present to throw the ceremonial first pitch to pitcher Jon Lester.
“The 108 diamonds, when you hear of which, before you even see the ring, you’re like, ‘Wow, of which’s actually cool,’ ” Ross said after leading the crowd in “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” during the seventh-inning stretch.
“however I love the date in addition to also time, of which’s actually cool,” he added, “because then you’re just thinking about, ‘Wow, the idea went into the next day,’ in addition to also the rain delay, so your memories go back. in addition to also for me, the biggest symbol of last year was the ‘W.’ the idea was all over Chicago.”
Ross’s performance on “Dancing With the Stars” was broadcast live on the Wrigley scoreboard during a rain delay Monday, before the team raised its championship banner. Anthony Rizzo, the star first baseman, carried the trophy onto the field after helping hoist the banner.
The flag-raising was a first for Wrigley Field, which opened in 1914, after the Cubs had won their only previous titles, in 1907 in addition to also 1908. Players received gold pendants for winning those championships, generating This particular the first World Series ring in team history.
The Cubs said they could distribute precisely 1,908 rings in addition to also pins to players, team employees, ballpark staff members in addition to also Hall of Famers, including posthumous rings for Ernie Banks in addition to also Ron Santo.
“I heard Rizzo in addition to also Lester after we won the idea — ‘108 years, the idea better be big!’” said pitcher Kyle Hendricks, who started off Game 7 in Cleveland. “They had 108 years to think about the idea. however we don’t care about how big the idea can be; the idea’s the sense of accomplishment.”
The Cubs accomplished something their fans had wanted for generations, in addition to also right now those fans can own a ring, too — for a cost. The Cubs announced a partnership with the memorabilia company Jostens of which allows fans to buy a limited-edition “108” Fan Ring for $10,800.
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