Members of the 2008 World Series Champion Philadelphia Phillies received their diamond and gold championship rings April 8 during a 20-minute pre-game ceremony for a crowd of more than 44,000 people at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.
Each 14k white gold ring contains 103 diamonds, totaling 3.84 cts. The 103 diamonds represent the 92 regular season and 11 postseason wins for the Phillies in 2008. The top of the ring is crowned with a ruby inlay, topped with the Phillies’ signature “P” which is inset with diamonds, the Phillies said in a statement. The title “World Champions” is written along the ring’s top and bottom outer rim. The left side of the ring features the player’s name and number atop and below the Liberty Bell. The right side of the ring depicts the World Series trophy rising out of Citizens Bank Park signifying the “tremendous support” of the fans, along with the initials of the two World Series teams and the number of games won by each team.
Members of the 2008 team, coaches, manager, general manager, trainers, and the director of team travel received their rings on the field from Phillies president and chief executive officer; David Montgomery. A total of 37 rings were presented.
“A World Series Championship ring is a most prized possession,” said Montgomery. “We wanted to present our players and others in the Phillies organization with a meaningful tribute that appropriately commemorates bringing a World Championship to Philadelphia. I believe this ring certainly does that.”
“The ring is one of the finest I’ve seen and it tells a great story,” said Bob Bourbeau, director of Sports and Special Markets for Masters of Design, the Attleboro, Mass.-based jewelry manufacturer that worked with the organization. “The extraordinary attention and level of detail that the Phillies provided throughout the process allowed us to design and produce an outstanding keepsake.”