World Series Jewelry continued......
This business of receiving rings at the home opener is overstated. The Yankees didnít get their rings until July 21 in 2001 and until May 29 the previous year. They did a little better in 1999, when they got their rings before the third game of the season, though manager Joe Torre, still recovering from treatment for prostate cancer, missed the game.
In 1997, the Bombers planned to give out rings at the home opener but couldnít decide on a design in time; Torre successfully lobbied for the word "heart" to replace "pride" on the ring in a tribute to his brother, Frank, who had a heart transplant during the season. New Red Sox lefty David Wells beat the Royals, 3-2, on the day the rings were given out, May 11; Wade Boggs needed his refitted.
The last time rings were given out at a home opener was 1996, when the Braves beat the Giants, 10-8. Greg Maddux was the Bravesí starting pitcher that day; his ring was accepted by his father, a card dealer in Las Vegas, while Maddux warmed up. Six years later, Curt Schillingís 6-year-old son, Gehrig, picked up Dadís ring in Arizona while Schilling was in the bullpen; the boy dropped the case on the way back to the dugout but quickly scooped it up.
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