Nationals to hold virtual World Series ring ceremony on anniversary of 2019 turnaround


On Sunday night, the World Series champion Washington Nationals, and any of their fans who want to watch at home, are going to celebrate like no baseball champion has celebrated before. The Nationals are going to hold a virtual World Series ring ceremony, with the players getting their rings delivered to their homes via mail or delivery service. 

Sweet? Of course. The moment celebrates a life-long dream of winning the World Series — and remember, the Nationals had a lot of veteran first-time champs who had suffered in the playoffs before — and gives players a commemorative ring to cherish forever. 

Bitter? It has to happen with everyone quarantined due to a global pandemic and there won’t be fans cheering players on in person as they try on their new jewelry for the first time.

Fans will be able to watch, though. A Zoom recording of the ring ceremony will air Sunday at 7 p.m. ET on MASN and will stream on nationals.com. As a bonus, MASN will also air “Improbable,” the story of the 2019 Nationals season immediately after the ceremony. 

Improbable is a good name for their run, given where the Nationals started. Remember when they were 19-31 through 50 games? Winning the World Series after that start is indeed improbable. The cherry on top? The Nats were 19-31 heading into May 24 last season. Starting that day, the Nationals won nine of their next 11 games and they were off to the races. They’ll get their rings and celebrate virtually on May 24, 2020.

It’s not “perfect,” because perfect would be them getting their rings in front of a packed Nationals Park, but man, this is a pretty nice touch by the Nationals. The team also plans to raise a title banner once fans are allowed back at the stadium.





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