Hinske and Cabrera get Yankees bling

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.

Hisnke (left) and Cabrera display their new World Series rings

Hisnke (left) and Cabrera display the 2009 World Series rings they just received from the 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.

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April 14th, 2010
9:57 pm

Walker, Texas Ranger

April 14th, 2010
10:18 pm

what happened in game 2?


April 14th, 2010
10:54 pm

Nick Swisher put pix of his ring on twitter yesterday. The NY logo in diamonds over the blue background, very sharp.


April 14th, 2010
10:59 pm

Here -http://mobile.tweetphoto.com/user/3697825


April 14th, 2010
11:11 pm

MELKY MELKY MELKY MELKY MELKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


April 14th, 2010
11:17 pm

I know it’s really early, but how long til we start worrying about some of these batting averages? (especially Glaus, .214 and Cabrera, .097)


April 14th, 2010
11:20 pm

Game 2 is tonight…


April 14th, 2010
11:38 pm


April 14th, 2010
11:47 pm

Yeah, well, three’s a charm and HINSKE’s had his.


April 14th, 2010
11:52 pm

I don’t want to see that crap. They sold their souls to get those.


April 15th, 2010
12:15 am


April 15th, 2010
12:26 am

Told yall Glaus would be just fine!


April 15th, 2010
5:48 am

Sold their souls to get those? lol..Melky came up through the Yankees farm system and Hinske was traded to NY. Jackass


April 15th, 2010
6:50 am

How many of you whiners have WS rings? These 2 guys are proven winners, not proven whiners!

I’d love to see them get an NL Championship ring and another WS ring this year. Go Braves!!!!!!!!!!!


April 15th, 2010
9:10 am

Can we ship the milk man back to the Yankees?


April 15th, 2010
10:18 am

Sure. If Melky were sent back to NY, he would immediately upgrade LF for them.

[...] Eric Hinske and Melky Cabrera got their World Series rings yesterday. Turns out, Jerry Hairston Jr. picked them up and brought them to his old [...]


April 15th, 2010
2:03 pm

williamshakespeare might want to check those Melky/Gardner numbers again.


April 15th, 2010
2:51 pm

“Sure. If Melky were sent back to NY, he would immediately upgrade LF for them.”

Yeah, because Gardner is awful and Melky’s great, right?

On second thought, if Vazquez keeps pitching like it’s 2004, I would certainly take a mulligan. Let him get back to the little kids’ league where he’s successful and out of the big boy league.

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April 15th, 2010
3:06 pm

Melky doesn’t have to be ‘great’ to be better than Gardner.

He’s better – and it’s not close.

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Kathy Agel

April 15th, 2010
7:48 pm

Hey, we’d be happy to reverse the trade that brought Home Run Javy back to the Yankees. You want to send Melky back? Any time. Gardner may look good now, but he looked good early last year, too — and Melky took the CF job back from him by the end of April. He should be in NY playing left field right now. Sure, Gardner can steal bases, but you have to get on base first to do that, and that’s not one of his strong points. Melky may be struggling now (he’s in a new league, facing new pitchers — there’s an adjustment period), but last year he was clutch close and late, and was responsible for three of the fifteen Yankee walkoffs. He’s got a gun for an arm, he’s a switchhitter, and he had pretty much identical BAs from either side of the plate.


April 16th, 2010
7:53 am

Go Melkman, we here in Yankee universe miss you and wish you well in Atlanta! Show them what you’re made up baby boy . We miss your walk offs, show your stuff to the Brave fans.

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