By Cara Bahniuk
While the circumstances were not how they hoped, the Washington Nationals received their World Series championship rings on Thursday in a private ceremony at Nationals Park. Players took to their social media accounts to show off their rings, but Adam Eaton gave another peek at something in an Instagram post: their Opening Night Champions jersey.
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Hard for me to be speechless. Pictures do not do this ring justice.. World Champs!!! 💎 #worldchamps #nationals
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Eaton can be seen excitedly opening his box just like a kid on Christmas Day and immediately expressed concern that he wasn’t sure it would fit on his finger. “Oh my goodness! That is unbelievable,” Eaton repeated while looking around the room with his jaw on the floor.
The jersey hanging next to his stall, however, is what we assume the Opening Night jersey, complete with a metallic gold fill in the number and trim along the name. The Nationals are planning to open the season at home against the New York Yankees on July 23.
Sean Doolittle posted a sneaky photo on his Instagram, showing off his ring while very causally reading The Lord of the Ring Part One.
wow this is a really good book pic.twitter.com/FW3hXEGBFv
— Obi-Sean Kenobi Doolittle (@whatwouldDOOdo) July 9, 2020
Patrick Corbin also shared some photos on his Instagram.
During a media appearance, Stephen Strasburg shared what his emotions were like opening his ring box.
“It was very special to see. I got a little nervous at first because on the outside of the box that it came in, my last name was spelled wrong,” Strasburg shared. “So, luckily it was spelled correctly on the ring so I was happy about that.”
Strasburg continued, “It’s pretty special. You just look at all the little things they put on the ring to commemorate some of the big moments of the season and it kind of just takes you right back to that moment. They did a great job on it and they really put a lot of time and effort into making it something special. I can’t wait to get it home to show my kids.”
Strasburg also shared what it felt like to get the ring in an non-traditional ceremony.
“It’s unfortunate that we couldn’t have done it in front of a sell out crowd because the fans were just so special to us down the stretch there last year. But at the very least, it was great to be in the clubhouse and see the reactions from my teammates when they got to open theirs as well.”
Davey Martinez said he is still smiling from putting his ring on this morning, as he showed up to his media appearance in his Opening Day uniform with the ring on his finger.
“Let’s put it this way…it was definitely worth the wait. We had to wait a while to put these things on our finger but I look at it and it’s all about all the work that we put into this. The players, the way we did it, the way the players did it, it just means a lot to me. It means a lot to my family. Proud. I am proud wearing this thing today and we’re here again and hopefully we can get another one,” Martinez said.
MASN color commentator F.P. Santangelo shared a photo of his ring caption with his trademark home celebration tagline, “and now we dance”
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