In what became a convoluted process, the Nationals made an adjustment Saturday when announcing their “virtual ring ceremony” show set for Sunday night has been altered.
Following feedback from the players - and a reported plan for only a select few players to receive their rings on the show - the program will no longer include limited ring distribution.
Sunday will instead include a ring reveal and discussion between studio host Dan Kolko and Max Scherzer, Ryan Zimmerman and Howie Kendrick.
When the organization further discussed its plans to distribute the rings Sunday night to a select few players - as opposed to the entire team and beyond - the players told them it’s not what they wanted to do.
The team distributed a statement late Saturday morning, the day before the ceremony was supposed to occur, and roughly 90 minutes after sending out another round of promotional emails about the event.
“When team leaders discussed the plan this week with the players, the players collectively decided they would prefer to receive their rings when the team could be physically reunited. We support that decision,” it read in part.
The in-house film about the 2019 postseason, “Improbable”, will go on as planned Saturday and Sunday. The ring itself will be revealed Sunday night after the second installment of the World Series film.
The Nationals said the original ring ceremony was planned for the second home game of the regular season. Ongoing questions about the ring distribution from all involved prompted the Nationals to organize the virtual plan, according to their statement.
So, the ring reveal will be Sunday at 7 p.m. on MASN, MLB Network, the Nationals’ YouTube and Facebook channels, as well as Nationals.com.
The two-part postseason film airs Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 5:30 p.m. on Nationals.com and MASN.
When everyone will receive their rings is still TBD. It won’t be Sunday, and it won’t be while they are apart.
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