Atlanta – The Braves in Atlanta finally got their sparkle, and yes, the pearls are involved.
Just before Saturday’s first game against the Cincinnati Reds at Truist Park, Atlanta front-office members, coaching staff and roster were given World Championship rings to celebrate last season’s championship.
In all, 24 players currently have received rings for their efforts as part of the 2021 squad.
“Honestly, when they first showed it to me, I was like, ‘God.'” Director Brian Snicker said, “I was just — my jaws opened and I couldn’t give them anything.”
Snitker was given a preview of the ring’s design before it was cut. When asked what he would change and improve in the sample that was shown to him, he was so stunned that he became speechless.
Even finally putting the actual ring on his finger during a pre-match party left him in awe.
“I’ll probably go home tonight and get him under a nice light and put my glasses on and look at it closely,” Sneaker said after the Braves’ 2-1 win over the Reds.
“This ring, I can go on with it. I mean, it’s like everything in that ring. Everything has meaning, which is really cool.”
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Atlanta’s Game 6 team beat the Houston Astros last November for the organization’s fourth world title, and the second since the team moved to Atlanta in 1966. The Braves last won the world championship in 1995.
During Saturday’s pre-match gala, paddock recipients from the Braves dugout walked the red carpet that led to the stage set in front of bowler’s hill. Each episode came inside a black box.
The bowler who started the night, Kyle Wright, had to wait until after he was out of the game before attempting his ring. He said it felt heavy and was tight on his finger.
“I really didn’t take a long look at it,” Wright said.
But of the little he’s seen, was there a favorite part?
“All this,” Wright said with a laugh. “It was all really cool. I don’t know if I could pick one specific thing. But just the details. Everything they did in it was great. I feel like they definitely did it right for sure.”
Each ring prominently features the Braves “A” logo crafted in 18.71 karat white gold, a nod to the franchise’s founding in 1871.
The ring features a removable top. When open, it is illuminated by small LED lights that illuminate the miniature Truist Park placed inside the arena. The indoor field features the number 44 on the outside lawn, in tribute to honoring the actual field throughout the season following the death of Hall of Famer Hank Aaron earlier in the year. Aaron wore number 44.
Aaron’s historic trajectories are represented in his 755th career on the track. There are a total of 755 diamonds on it.
“There’s a lot of Hank in that episode,” Snicker said, “and that’s the way it should be.”
Players from the winning team, including current San Francisco Giants player Jock Pederson, had contributions to the design of the circuit. Even Pederson’s pearl necklace, which he wore throughout the post-season in Atlanta, is represented in the ring design. Each episode contains one pearl in tribute to the phenomenon that fans committed to last fall.
During the playoffs, fans followed Pedersen’s lead and wore pearls on the field. Even local schools encouraged children to wear pearl necklaces as excitement grew on the team’s track.
After emerging from the podium with their new rings on Saturday, the excited players gathered in groups on the field, comparing the rings and taking pictures with their phones and viewing them on cameras connected to the video board inside the stadium.
Snicker admitted this week that he likely won’t wear his ring very often.
“Maybe when you get dressed and for special occasions,” said the manager. “I’m not a big ring wearer. But I will still be very proud of it and show it off.”
After the party, back off a bit.
“Honestly, in proper pose, it’s really wearable,” Snicker said.
Saturday’s ring ceremony came after the Braves revealed the championship logo on Thursday night and honored the 2021 individual awards winners at a pre-match gala Friday.