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Nationals World Series championship rings revealed: Here's what they look like

Nationals World Series championship rings revealed: Here's what they look like

Salivating and awe came first. Distribution will have to wait.

The Nationals revealed their jewel-laden championship ring during a slow-moving, hour-long telecast Sunday night which was originally supposed to include select players receiving their rings. After pushback from the players -- who wanted to receive the rings together when it was safe to do so -- the night was converted to more of a reveal than reaction.

The ring itself included several nods to the D.C. area, markers from the championship season, and specific personalizations.

Here’s a blow-by-blow:

-- The ring is 14-karat white and yellow gold

-- The “W” logo is made from 30 rubies to represent the 30 runs the team scored in the four World Series game

-- Around the logo are 58 pavé-set diamonds

-- Above and below the logo or the words “World Champions” set over the ring via 32 sapphires. This number represents the sum total of the team’s 2019 walk-off wins (7), shutout wins (13), longest winning streak (8 games), and playoff rounds won (4).

-- An additional 108 diamonds are featured along the ring top, representing the number of regular season and postseason wins (105), plus one diamond for the World Series title and two diamonds for the locations -- Washington and Montreal -- of the franchise.

-- The top and bottom of the ring have 12 rubies to represent the total number of postseason wins

-- On the left side in yellow gold is the player’s name

-- Beneath the name is a flag, the Capitol Building and the Roman numerals MMVI to represent the year the Lerner family purchased the franchise

-- The player’s number is in diamonds on the bottom left side

-- “Fight Finished” is on the right side

-- The interior of the ring is engraved with a shark symbol holding a yellow gold trophy. So, yes, a nod to “Baby Shark” has made it onto the rings

-- Also on the interior are the team logos of each opponent the Nationals defeated in the postseason

-- “Go 1-0 every day” is also engraved inside

-- In total, the average championship ring contains 170 total diamonds, 32 custom-cut sapphires, 31 custom-cut rubies, and 24 princess-cut rubies for a precious total stone carat weight of 23.2 carats.

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The lead up of the ring reveal included congratulatory messages from a slew of people associated with the Nationals in the present and past.

Former closer Chad Cordero and catcher Brian Schneider started the video messages. Denard Span and Adam LaRoche followed. Redskins quarterback Alex Smith, former Redskins player Brian Mitchell, chef José Andrés and Dr. Anthony Fauci were among several others to send congratulations.

In a post-reveal show, the players emphasized they were looking forward to receiving the rings in a group.

“I think the only thing better than seeing it is going to be wearing it,” Howie Kendrick said.

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Juan Soto is back in Nationals lineup

Juan Soto is back in Nationals lineup

Juan Soto will be hitting cleanup and playing left field Wednesday night against the New York Mets. It's a simple, yet long time coming, phrase.

His season debut comes nine games and almost two weeks into the 2020 season. Soto has twice been quarantined under coronavirus protocols -- once for contact tracing reasons and once because of a positive test he thinks was a false positive -- stalling his entrance to a game that mattered.

Tuesday, Soto danced on top of the dugout following Howie Kendrick’s home run because he was watching the game from a few rows back in the stands.

Wednesday, he will face Mets right-hander Rick Porcello.

The Nationals were missing one of the league’s best offensive players after Soto’s positive test result was revealed July 23, hours before the season opener. He came out of quarantine 10 days later, rejoining the team Aug. 1 for weekend workouts. The first priority was to get him at-bats. He did that Saturday. Sunday, he spent six simulated innings in left field. Monday he swung more, Tuesday he worked on everything before watching the game, then Wednesday he was back.

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Soto told Davey Martinez on Monday that he was not yet ready to play Tuesday because his body was sore and legs were heavy. That was in line with Soto’s initial projection for his return anyway. He said he was targeting Wednesday, and here he is.

Max Scherzer will pitch against the Mets. The Nationals are 4-4 after winning three consecutive games.

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As Juan Soto returns, baseball is reminded of just how much it missed him

As Juan Soto returns, baseball is reminded of just how much it missed him

Juan Soto wasn’t in the Nationals’ lineup on Tuesday, but he still found a way to get both his teammates and fans pumped up from the top of the dugout.

No, really. The top of the dugout. Activated from the injured list 12 days after testing positive for the coronavirus, Soto was allowed to return to the team but wasn’t ready to start just yet. He spent the first half of the game sitting in the stands but couldn’t help himself from jumping on top of the dugout when new teammate Josh Harrison launched his first home run in a Nationals uniform.

It was a reminder of what Soto will bring with him once he finally does slot into his normal spot in the heart of the Nationals’ lineup. Of course, he’s brings an elite combination of power and plate discipline that’s matched by few across the sport—never mind among players 21 or younger. The thing is, Soto also has an exuberant attitude that’s contagious in the dugout and a model for how MLB can cater to young fans.

For every historic achievement—youngest player with three home runs in a World Series, MLB record for most walks before turning 21, owner of perhaps greatest teenage season of all time—there’s just as many moments that show his personality bursting out of him—copying Alex Bregman by carrying his bat down to first base in the World Series, drawing the ire of Miles Mikolas for an elongated Soto Shuffle, joking about just wanting to make the team in spring training.

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The baseball community has taken notice, too. Former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz called him a 20-year-old who plays the game with the maturity of a 30-year-old. Fellow young phenom Ronald Acuña Jr. admitted that he thinks Soto is a more exciting player than him. Soto’s agent Scott Boras considers him to already be one of the faces of baseball and he’s not alone in that thinking.

The Nationals have plenty of outgoing personalities. Eric Thames, Starlin Castro and Emilio Bonifacio all signed free-agent deals last offseason to join a clubhouse that already had Soto, Victor Robles and Aníbal Sánchez. So far this season, they’ve showed they still know how to have fun with trumpet celebrations on the basepaths and socially distant dance parties in the dugout.

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But Soto’s status as a star heightens the amount of attention directed at him, something that can only benefit both the Nationals and baseball as a whole given how well he’s handled it since reaching the majors in 2018.

Not only does he give the Nationals MVP-caliber production, but he knows how to pump up his teammates while does it. MLB may be in the midst of navigating a season during a pandemic (and struggling to prevent outbreaks from happening), yet Soto’s return should be a boost for MLB as it competes with NBA and NHL restarts for the attention of sports fans.

Baseball is in a weird state right now. The season is shorter, stadiums are empty and everything from spitting to high fives has been banned. Yet if there’s anyone well-suited to make the best out of it, it’s Soto. And soon, he’ll be able to jump down from the top of the dugout and finally step back into the batter’s box to make his presence known once again.

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