Chicago White Sox: World Series Championship White Sox Ring Ceremony
U.S. Cellular One Field - Chicago, IL - April 4, 2006
By Mike Romcoe
The 2005 World Champion Chicago White Sox celebrated the final chapter of a glorious and monumental winning season with a ring ceremony before the second home game at newly renovated U.S. Cellular Field on April 4, 2006. This was the first chance the players were to see what the ring looked like. The rings were kept a secret under terms of a contract with the rings design company Jostens, in Princeton IL, who were contracted to design five out of the last six Chicago Bulls championship rings. Martyl Riensdorf, wife of Jerry, who also designed Bulls Championship rings, was given the opportunity to design the Sox championship ring. The cost of the rings was not disclosed. However, its features comprise a 14 karat gold ring with the Sox logo written in diamonds on a black onyx stone encircled with two rows of diamonds. A total of 432 rings and 163 pendants made for team players, their wives, along with Sox Hall of Fame's, Luis Aparicio and Carlton Fisk. Special watches were also made for others close to the organization.
Unrated Magazine, along with a sold-out crowd of 37,591, was on hand to congratulate the 2005 World Series Champs as they received their rings in an elaborate and royal fashion. A deafening crowd noise filled the air along with thick smoke (dry ice) that loomed from the warning track in center field. Very proud, tuxedoed members of the White Sox Front office, carried the rings on individual silver platters across the field and presented them to Major League Baseball Chairman Bud Selig, owner/chairman Jerry Riensdorf and general manager Kenny Williams to disperse among the south side heroes. Right fielder and MVP of the World Series Jemaine Dye and team captain Paul Konerko returned the favor by presenting Riensdorf and Williams with their rings. This was an emotional moment for Riensdorf that sparked memories of Konerko giving him the ball from the last out in the World Series at the Chicago trophy ceremony back in 2005. Some players were traded in the off season, but did manage to show up to receive their rings. Centerfielder Aaron Rowand, who was traded to the (Philadelphia Phillies) for slugger Jim Thome, was on hand and received warm welcome from his fellow teammates and a well deserved standing ovation from the heartbroken fans. Other traded players Willie Harris (Boston Class AAA), Timo Perez (Cincinnati) and Orlando Hernandez "El Duque" (Arizona) showed to receive their rings. Frank Thomas (Oakland), Carl Everett (Seattle), and Geoff Blum (San Diego), were not present. Pitcher Freddie Garcia lost his first start as the White Sox went on to loose the game against their division rival Cleveland Indians 8-2. Cleveland utility man Travis Hafner who was quoted saying "I would rather be in the bathroom throwing up than be on the field during the ring ceremony" was not sighted any where near the field. Unrated Magazine was honored to cover this event and hope we can bring you more White Sox coverage in 2006. Go Sox!