I was listening to the Royals pregame show before Tuesday afternoon’s game against the New York Mets. After the players were presented with their 2015 World Series Championship rings during a special on-field ceremony at Kauffman Stadium, the club will now reach out to all other front office staff, minor league coaches, instructors, scouts and full time as well as some long tenured part-time employees to hand out rings. That decision was made by Royals owner David Glass.
“Today is a special celebration for the entire Royals organization and our fans as we honor the 2015 Kansas City Royals,” said Royals president Dan Glass. “These brilliant rings embody the sacrifices and contributions made by the entire Royals organization to become the 2015 World Series Champions. It is an honor to present this highest reward to our players, coaches and staff members.”
Major League Baseball does not help with the funds to provide rings. That is entirely on the owner’s dime. A generous gift from the Glass family to all those employees who worked hard.
The ring includes 2.5 carats of diamonds, 3.5 carats of genuine princess-cut sapphires, and 3.5 carats of genuine custom-cut sapphires. The ring top features the KC logo masterfully created from custom-cut blue sapphires surrounded by a yellow gold outline placed atop a field of 14-karat white gold and brilliant round diamonds. The words WORLD CHAMPIONS surround the top and bottom edges of the ring in yellow gold. The sides of the ring are created in 14-karat yellow gold with a gold satin finish. The iconic crown in the Royals logo reaches up from the sides of the ring and surrounds the top of the ring. A row of blue sapphires sits behind the crown which is adorned with 30 round white diamonds.
One side of the ring features the player’s name atop a silhouetted image of Kauffman Stadium overlaid with the Royals script logo. The player’s number adorns the bottom.
The other side features the championship year 2015 set in white diamonds and placed above a baseball diamond that surrounds a silhouette of the World Series trophy. The trophy sits atop five round diamonds representing the five runs, a MLB first, the Royals scored in the top of the 12th inning of the series-clinching Game 5. First and third bases are shown set with two blue princess-cut sapphires representing the team’s back-to-back World Series appearances in 2014 and 2015.