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It is The Sunday Request on The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.
It is harder to use stats to evaluate the worth of an NFL player compared to a baseball player. Perhaps “counting the rings” is more relevant for that reason.
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Sully Baseball Daily Podcast – February 2, 2014
No matter what, Arthur Rhodes was going to get his first World Series ring.
He played for the Rangers AND the Cardinals.
If the Rangers got that last strike last night, it would be a Rangers ring.
Call me crazy, I think this will be sweeter for him.
He has pitched over 20 years in the bigs with 9 different teams.
Now he has a World Series ring.
I feel good for Arthur Rhodes.
How could you not?
There will never be a night like this again in San Francisco.
Oh there might be another ring ceremony by China Basin.
And there will no doubt be another “down to the last strike surreal walk off win” for the Giants. So far they have had two in two home games this year.
But there will never be a first ring ceremony again.
Never again will there be a night where Hall of Famers Willie McCovey and Gaylord Perry get their first ever World Series rings. (Willie Mays and Orlando Cepeda got rings, but those were their second rings. Willie won in 1954. Cha Cha with the 1967 Cardinals.)
And to combine that with the surreal ending and Miguel Tejada basically saying “I want a ring too!” and you have a night that will never be replicated.
The great things about the Ring Ceremony is that it gives the previous championship a final exclamation. Everyone who got a ring (including Barry Zito) never has to wonder if they will ever reach the top of the baseball world. So many Hall of Famers played long and wonderful careers and never got that.
I wonder if the Madison Bumgarners and Buster Poseys, who spent part of 2010 in the minor leagues and won as a rookie, really understood what Perry and McCovey’s rings meant.
They each played 22 seasons and never won a Series (although if McCovey’s line drive eluded Bobby Richardson, then it would have been a different story.)
So 2010 is over. Focus on 2011.
And if the first few games are any indication, it is going to be nuts.