April 8th, 2014
The Boston Red Sox received their 2013 World Series rings during a heartfelt pregame ceremony last Friday on Opening Day at Fenway Park. The ceremony was especially memorable because it paid tribute to the team and the city’s comeback following the Boston Marathon bombings.
Jostens collaborated with the Red Sox to create a special collection of jewelry that tells the story of an emotional Red Sox victory. Described as “pretty classy” and “wicked sharp” by ESPN, the striking rings are crafted of 14-karat white gold and feature 126 diamonds, 16 custom-cut sapphires and nine custom-cut rubies – nearly eight carats in total. The right side has the individual's name and number, and the left side features a "Boston Strong" logo with the Red Sox "B."
Those players with multiple titles in Boston have multiple trophy images on their rings to represent each crown. The inside of the rings honor the Bearded Brothers image and the date 10-30-13, when the Red Sox clinched the World Series at Fenway.
In a touching moment, survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings and their loved ones delivered the rings in cases in front of the Red Sox dugout while the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra played. They were greeted by Red Sox executives and several players before taking their seats on the first-base line.
In addition to the championship ring that every player received, David “Big Papi” Ortiz was honored with a special surprise – a World Series MVP ring. After all the players had received their rings, Ortiz was introduced – with 36,728 cheering fans on their feet. In a surprise move, Red Sox officials handed Ortiz two ring cases.
"I thought they were giving me somebody's else ring," Ortiz said. "I'm like, 'Hey, you're giving me two. I thought we were only getting one.' They said, 'No, that's the MVP one.' I was like, 'Whoa.'"
The one-of-a kind, 14-karat white gold diamond-encrusted stunner features nine rubies depicting the hanging Sox logo. The words "World Series" and "MVP" appear on the front with the Red Sox "B" logo on one side and Ortiz's jersey number 34. The left side features a likeness of Ortiz's face. Ortiz placed it on a thick white metal chain he wears around his neck, alongside his three other championship rings.
"It's been a blessing for the organization and for the fans – everybody," Ortiz said of winning three championships. "It keeps you motivated to keep working hard and trying your best."
Ortiz earned the World Series MVP with a .688 batting average (11-for-16), including two home runs, two doubles, six RBIs and eight walks (four intentional) in six games against the St. Louis Cardinals last October. The Boston Red Sox won the 2013 World Series Championship in Game 6 of the series, earning their third championship crown in 10 years, and their eighth overall championship.