I have been in love with the game of baseball since birth. There is a photo of me with a plastic bat and ball at only a few months of age. It’s in my blood and always will be.
What does this have to do with jewelry? Come on—is there a game more perfectly suited to jewelry? The field is a diamond! The last team standing at the end of the season gets big honking championship rings you can see from space!
So, in the spirit of that, here are five cool stories that combine my professional and personal loves:
I remember watching former New York Yankees pitcher Jim Abbott—who was born with only one hand—record the final outs of his no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians in 1993. I was 9 years old and I remember the chills crawl up my arm as I watched Don Mattingly squeeze the last out into his glove. I think the best piece of advice that came out of his presentation at the AGS Conclave last year is:
“Don’t give up,” he said. “Some of our greatest accomplishments are measured in incremental progress.”
Curator of history and research at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum sounds like my dream job. Also, check out this website’s rundown of the 15 best World Series championship rings.
Some love for my Philly friends out there.
A jewelry store puts its diamonds where they are meant to be.
Obligatory Derek Jeter mention.