Just though that might bear repeating. Again and again and again.
After a far-too-long wait for a celebration (hey, are we getting a dual Lakers-Dodgers parade in the fall, or what?), LA got to collect their rings on Friday, meaning Clayton Kershaw finally got to hoist his prize in the air for an adoring crowd.
You have to break a 32-year wait in style, though, and the Dodgers didn’t just give everybody a boilerplate blinged-out ring. Even the transportation vessels for these rocks were extra special.
Fans were lucky enough to follow along with every step of the process this week as the ring ceremony approached, and we got a sneak peek at the beautiful boxes they come in, too.
Spoiler alert: these things are more tricked out than most rides Xzibit ever touched.
The Dodgers’ championship rings come with their own TVs.
Yes, that’s a television screen in the ring box, and I know what you’re thinking: they probably just made 150 copies of the same box that plays the same video on loop…right?
Wrong. Personalized highlight videos for the different recipients. The Dodgers have changed the game yet again.
Of course, this team would’ve accepted the rings even if they came in little unmarked cardboard boxes. It’s about the symbolism, after all. These bits of bling represent an eternal link between these Dodgers and the franchise’s great teams of the past. After 32 years, every one of these gamers can finally place themselves among the Gibsons, Garveys, Koufaxes and Drysdales on Hollywood’s pedestal.
Want to know how good it felt to finally get ’em? Just look at Clayton Kershaw’s face.
Then again, though he surely would’ve accepted a ring in an unmarked envelope, you can also bet Kershaw will be watching his personalized highlight video again and again.