Phillies to receive rings Wednesday
Lidge, Manuel eager to see World Series jewelry unveiled
PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies talked about two things before they snapped their 28-year drought and won the World Series in October:
Having a parade down Broad Street and getting those championship rings.
The Phillies had the parade Oct. 31, but they will finally receive their championship rings before Wednesday afternoon's game against the Braves at Citizens Bank Park.
"I'm definitely anxious," closer Brad Lidge said. "Honestly, when you first come into this game, you obviously want to win the World Series, but you're trying to establish that you're a Major League player and that you can hang around. And then after a couple years, you realize that every veteran you talk to says we play this game to get a ring. And when that finally comes to fruition, it's an incredible thing. I can't wait. I'm very excited about that."
What does the ring look like? The Phils have kept that a secret. There was a design committee, and they are the only ones to have seen it. The committee purposely has kept the design a secret so players are completely surprised when they receive them Wednesday.
The Marlins created a huge ring after winning the 2003 World Series. It reportedly had 229 diamonds, including a rare teal one, and 13 rubies. The 14-karat white gold rings retailed for about $40,000 each.
Phils manager Charlie Manuel also said he is looking forward to getting his ring. He has other rings from his time with the Twins, Indians, Minor Leagues and Japan, but this one will be different.
"I think this ring is definitely more important to me than some of the other ones I have, because I was the manager of the World [Series] champion Philadelphia Phillies," he said. "If you want to truth, I'm proud of all the things I have, but I'm very proud of this ring. I know how hard our players and how hard it was to win. I'm really proud of it. Will I wear it? I'm sure I'll wear it sometime. I might wear it every day, I don't know."
"I'll probably wear it on rare occasions -- baseball functions and things like that," Lidge said. "I'm not going to be wearing it around everywhere I go, that's for sure. It'll be on display or locked up somewhere, depending on the time. ... The Marlins' one was huge. I don't think you can wear that one ever. I don't know what it's going to look like, but it's more of what it means that's the important [part]."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.