San Diego — Eric Hinske and Melky Cabrera were the envy of Braves teammates Wednesday as they showed off 2009 World Series championship rings they got as Yankees.
Padres utility man Jerry Hairston Jr., another member of the ‘09 Yankees, retrieved the rings for Hinske and Cabrera when Hairston traveled to New York on Tuesday for the Yankees’ home opener, where the rings were distributed.
“He texted me, said ‘You want me to get yours and bring it back?,’” Hinske said. “I said yeah. It’s either that or they send it in the mail.”
Since the Braves don’t play at Yankee Stadium this season, there wouldn’t be an opportunity for Hinske to get the ring.
He has played in the last three World Series with Boston, Tampa Bay and the Yankees, and has an AL pennant ring from the Rays to go with his World Series rings from the Red Sox and Yankees.
He recalled the emotional scene when he got his 2007 Red Sox ring the next year while playing for Tampa Bay.
“When I [played for Tampa Bay], the Red Sox came to Tampa before we played in Boston,” he said. “So they called me into the weight room, which connects both clubhouses. When I went in there, the whole Boston team was in there waiting for me. It was pretty cool. They were all giving me hugs and contratulations.
“This one, it’s too bad we didn’t get to go” to New York to get it.
The white-gold ring is encrusted with diamonds with the familiar Yankees logo in the center, and the words “Unity” and “Tradition” on either side of the ring along with the player’s name and “World Champions.”
On the inside is the inscription, “Yankee Stadium, 2009 Inaugural Year.”
“Jerry shook our hands and hugged us, and said they told him to tell us, ‘This is from the team and we wish you could have been there.’”
The Braves and Padres will wear circa-1984 uniforms for Thursday’s series finale. The Braves will wear their powder-blue jerseys, pants and caps.