The Giants wrapped up their opening-weekend festivities today by receiving their 2012 World Series rings in an on-field ceremony before playing their series finale against the St. Louis Cardinals.
The ring, designed by Tiffany & Co., is white gold and depicts the Giants' SF logo in 52 round melee diamonds on the face, according to a Giants news release. There are also seven round diamonds representing the franchise's seven World Series titles. One side of the ring features the recipient's name, uniform number and a cable car design, while the other denotes the Giants' 2012 postseason victories, including their four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers in the World Series.
The rings arrived by cable car through the left-field fence and were carried by city cable car operators to a table on the third-base line. General manager Brian Sabean was the first to receive a ring, followed by manager Bruce Bochy. Team president and CEO Larry Baer presented the rings to each recipient. Each ring was handed to Baer on a platter by a guy wearing a suit and white gloves.
Starting pitcher Matt Cain and catcher Buster Posey were the first players to receive their rings so that Cain would have time to warm up before his start. Other recipients included Giants Hall of Famers, clubhouse and training staff and the coaches. Special assistants and former first basemen Will Clark and J.T. Snow were each met with loud applause when introduced.
Players were given their rings in order of their jersey numbers. First baseman Brandon Belt, who watched the ring ceremony two years ago as a rookie, wore a big smile as he received his ring. Aubrey Huff was the lone player from the 2012 team not on the 2013 roster who showed up for the ceremony. Huff, wearing a No. 17 jersey over a long-sleeved plaid shirt, got a nice ovation when introduced.
Of the Giants' current roster, only four players -- Chad Gaudin, Nick Noonan, Guillermo Quiroz and Andres Torres -- were not on last year's team and therefore did not receive rings. Because of the order, Barry Zito was the last player introduced, with emcee Duane Kuiper asking: "Who was bigger in the postseason than this guy?" Zito doffed his cap while the crowd chanted his name.
-- Matt Kawahara
(upper photo of Bruce Bochy's actual ring. lower photo provided by San Francisco Giants)