ATLANTA — The Braves finally have their bling, and yes, pearls are involved.
Just before the first pitch of Saturday night’s game against the Cincinnati Reds at Truist Park, members of Atlanta’s front office, coaching staff and roster received their World Series rings celebrating the championship of the last season.
A total of 24 current players have received rings for their efforts on the 2021 squad.
“It’s something you dream about,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said earlier this week. “Not everyone is lucky enough to experience this. So I’m going to cherish every second of it because you’re never guaranteed it will happen again.”
Atlanta’s Game 6 win over the Houston Astros last November lifted the organization to the fourth World Series trophy, and the second since the team moved to Atlanta in 1966. The Braves last won the World Series in 1995.
During Saturday’s pregame ceremony, ring recipients walked from the Braves’ dugout on a red carpet that led to a stage that had been positioned in front of the pitcher’s mound. Each of the rings came inside a black box.
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Each ring features the Braves’ “A” logo in 18.71-karat white gold, a nod to the founding of the franchise in 1871.
The ring features a removable top. When opened, it lights up with micro-LED lights that illuminate a miniature Truist Park positioned inside the ring. The indoor ballpark features No. 44 on its outdoor turf, in recognition of a tribute the ballpark had all season following the passing of Hall of Famer Hank Aaron earlier in the year. Aaron wore No. 44.
Aaron’s historic 755 home runs are depicted in the ring. There are a total of 755 diamonds on it.
Players from the winning team, including current San Francisco Giants outfielder Joc Pederson, helped design the ring. Even Pederson’s pearl necklace, which he wore throughout the Atlanta playoffs, is featured in the ring’s design. Each ring features a single pearl in recognition of the phenomenon that fans latched onto last fall.
During the playoffs, fans followed Pederson’s lead and wore beads at the ballpark. Local schools even encouraged children to wear beaded necklaces as excitement about the team’s race grew.
After leaving the podium with their new rings on Saturday, excited players crowded onto the pitch, comparing rings, taking pictures with their phones and showing them to cameras hooked up to the stadium’s video card.
Snitker admitted this week that he probably won’t wear his ring much.
“Maybe when you dress up and do special occasions,” the manager said. “I’m not a big ring bearer. But I’m still going to be very proud of it and flaunt it.”
Saturday’s ring ceremony took place after the Braves unveiled their championship pennant on Thursday night and honored their individual 2021 winners in a pre-game ceremony on Friday.