Via mlb.com -
The Padres’ Jerry Hairston Jr. originally considered not flying across the country on Tuesday to claim his World Series ring during a ceremony at Yankee Stadium.
But only for a minute, though.
“I kind of questioned whether should I go or not go. But I just imagined myself being 65 years old, 70 years old wishing I would have went,” the former Yankee said. “I’m not going to be that guy.”
Hairston flew overnight to New York on Monday, arriving early Tuesday morning. After a shower and short nap, he headed to the stadium where the Yankees received the World Series rings before a game against the Angels.
“It was originally going to be the 18th, but I couldn’t go because we had a game,” Hairston said. “I looked at our schedule and we had the day off and a day game the day before, so I said, ‘I’ve got to go.’”
Hairston was back on an evening flight for San Diego and landed around 9 p.m. PT, and was very glad he didn’t just have the Yankees ship his ring to him.
Before Wednesday’s game against the Braves, Hairston showed the ring off to his teammate. The ring is white gold with 119 diamonds totaling 3.55 carats.
“Someone asked me, ‘Why did you fly six hours for it?’ Hairston said. I said, ‘You don’t understand. It’s not just being 10 years in the big leagues, but since I was 4 or 5 years old, playing in the backyard, dreaming about the World Series. It’s been a long, long process for me. Sometimes, you only get one shot. I had to take advantage of that.
“A quick turnaround, but well worth it.”
And, it will make up for the one that’s probably coming on how Angel Berroa and Josh Towers are selling their 2009 World Series rings on eBay.