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Fellowship of the ring: Phils' championship bling is a HR


Fellowship of the ring: Phils' championship bling is a HR
Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer was given the gift to gab. Ask the Souderton graduate one question and he can easily turn it into a 10-minute response.

Not on Wednesday afternoon, though.

Moyer gripped the sides of the media room podium deep inside Citizens Bank Park, took several deep breaths and fought back tears every time he glanced down at his World Series ring that he and his teammates were presented during a pre-game ceremony just minutes earlier.

"It exceeds any expectations I could have had," the 46-year-old said. "This whole thing allows me to reflect on my life in this game and how fortunate I've been and all the sacrifices my parents have made and my wife and children. This isn't sadness. This is happiness."

The ceremony, although it started nearly 30 minutes late, did not disappoint. The rings were driven into Citizens Bank Park in a van escorted by four police officers on motorcycles. Each ring was in its own box and placed on a table by the ball girls. Team president David Montgomery, former general manager Pat Gillick, who was full of emotion, and manager Charlie Manuel presented the players, coaches and staff with their rings.

In all, 37 were handed out, including to former Phillies Pat Burrell (Tampa Bay Rays), Geoff Jenkins (unsigned), Kyle Kendrick (Triple-A Lehigh Valley) and Adam Eaton ( Baltimore Orioles organization).

The rings, engraved with each player's name and number atop and below the Liberty Bell, are huge and loaded with jewels. Each 14-karat white gold ring contains 103 diamonds, totaling 3.84 karats. The 103 diamonds represent the 92 regular-season and 11 postseason wins in 2008.

"There are a lot of diamonds in it," Phils first baseman Ryan Howard said. "I was pretty stoked about that. It's definitely a good ring. The size of it, it's huge. And it's pretty heavy. You've got to have a strong finger to hold that bad boy out. I didn't really know what to expect, but they really went all out."

A committee of seven people joined forces to design the ring, which was made by Masters of Design in Attleboro, Mass.

Phillies senior vice president Jerry Clothier did not want to give even an estimate at the rings' cost.

"It's priceless," he said. "We're going to leave it at that. We didn't start out with a cost in mind and it became immaterial."

amanda.housenick@mcall.com

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Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 10, 2009

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