Thursday, April 22, 2010

Yanks doing right with rings for former players

The New York Yankees have been the epitome of class when handing out some very special jewelry commemorating their 2009 World Series championship to their former players now on other teams.

First, they invited Jerry Hairston Jr. to participate in last week's ring ceremony on Opening Day and made sure he was the second player (after starting pitcher Andy Pettitte) to receive his ring in time to make his flight back to the West Coast. Secondly, the Yankees players and coaches showered former teammates Chad Gaudin and Edwar Ramirez with affection and rings when the team played the Oakland Athletics this week. Most recently, Brian Cashman personally delivered a ring to Xavier Nady, who was in town with the Chicago Cubs to play the New York Mets.

The Yankees went out of their way to show these guys how much their contributions meant to the organization even though they are no longer with the team. The classy gestures were appreciated by the former teammates. Well done indeed!

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