Houston Astros 2017 World Series Rings and the Stories They Tell
After getting engaged immediately following Game 7 of the World Series last season, Carlos Correa has a ring of his own now. So do his teammates and the rest of the Astros organization. Before their game against the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night, the team held a ceremony where the Houston Astros 2017 World Series Rings were revealed and handed out.
Like every major modern championship ring, there are plenty of gems and intricacies that add a lot of bling to the team’s journey to get there.
56 years in the making.
— Houston Astros (@astros) April 3, 2018
Houston Astros 2017 World Series Rings Stories and Symbols
Jostens took the reigns in designing the 2017 World Series rings for the Houston Astros.
It all begins at the top of the ring where there are 101 diamonds, one for each of the team’s regular season wins in 2017. Another 11 diamonds are in the middle of their ‘H’ logo. These match their post-season victories.
The ring around the outside of the of the logo has 56 round diamonds. This is how long the franchise was around before winning their first World Series.
The year and name sides have a lot going on in subtle ways. On the top of the year side there’s a ribbon that reads, “Houston Strong,” a tribute to the city and how it came together following the massive floods brought on late in the summer by Hurricane Harvey. The Astros logo sits between the two words, representing how the team and city helped each other out during the tragic period.
The Commissioner’s Trophy is molded coming out of Minute Maid Park. There’s a bit of a double-meaning here. Yes, it’s home of the team. But it’s also where the Astros are surrounded by their fans. In the middle of the trophy is a large solitaire diamond for their first World Series win.
The carved LVI Roman numeral is for Houston’s 56-year history.
A big feature on the name side of the ring is the Houston skyline. It’s another acknowledgement of Houston and its fans. It’s by design that the left field wall is under the skyline, holding it up and supporting it following the city’s rough times. Each player’s number is filled with even more diamonds.
Moving to the open sides of the Houston Astros 2017 World Series rings, there are ten more diamond plus a blue sapphire. When you put the stones together, it matches the number of times Houston has made the postseason. Orange and blue princess cut sapphires represent the team’s unique place in history for representing both the American and National Leagues in the World Series.
These sides also has a nod to the team’s owner, Jim Crane. The six round diamonds on one side are symbolic of the number of years he’s had the team.
Inside the Houston Astros 2017 World Series Ring are the results for each of their three postseason rounds against the Red Sox, Yankees and Dodgers.
On the very bottom of the ring is the team’s mantra, “Earned History.” It’s there, because every time they go to shake a hand, a sign of respect, they’ll be reminded of the work it took to become a champion.
How the Rings Were Distributed
It’s not just players getting 2017 World Series rings. Coaches, front office, clubhouse and medical staff, Hall of Famers, broadcasters and owners are all receiving one. In total, 1,332 rings are being awarded.
A small number of fans have the opportunity to get special Houston Astros 2017 World Series rings as well. Just 112 special edition rings are being sold to the public. This matches the total victories between the regular season and postseason it took the team to win.
The cost of each of these rings? $11,112.
One is being raffled off with the proceeds going to the Astros Foundation.