The Nationals announced Tuesday night they will hold a virtual ring ceremony Sunday, May 24 -- a year to the day they began to turn their 2019 season around -- at 7 p.m. across a variety of social media and television channels.
The hour-long production will be simulcast on Nationals.com, MLB Network, MASN, and the Nationals Facebook and YouTube channels. The show will “feature appearances from several members of the 2019 World Series championship team, Nationals ownership, and notable DMV personalities,” according to a press release.
“We’d love to do it with 44,000 screaming fans in the stands,” Mike Rizzo said Tuesday night on a team-run YouTube livestream. “It’s really refreshing that we’re going to be able to share this with so many more people through these different venues. I think it’s unfortunate we won’t do it in front of the home fans in the ballpark, but I think we’re going to reach a heck of a lot more people [doing] it this way. This is an accomplishment and joy for everybody to share in because we were all involved and the whole DMV should be proud of this team.”
The design and development of the ring will be shown Sunday.
The Nationals — many of which were dissatisfied with MLB’s version of the World Series documentary because they thought it anticipated the Astros winning — have also made their own postseason film called, Improbable.
Part one airs 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 23 and part two will air on May 24 at 5:30 p.m. Both are on Nationals.com and MASN.
For months, the Nationals were debating what to do about the ring ceremony. The sudden stoppage of the MLB season in spring training because of coronavirus put them in a strange place. Not knowing when the regular season may start -- or where -- left the organization to search for answers about how to celebrate their 2019 World Series title. They decided to stop waiting and go virtual.
Rizzo, eventually, will be receiving the second World Series ring of his career in a ceremony style he hopes not to have to replicate.
“It’s an enormous sense of pride and accomplishment,” Rizzo said of receiving a ring. “When we get this ring with the Curly W on it, it’s going to be magical. It’s the culmination of years and years of trials, tribulations and really hard work and to bring this franchise into being what it is today. From humble beginnings, we’re hosting a World Series flag.”
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