Last week, in my entry titled 4/15/10 at Yankee Stadium, I mentioned that I like the Angels. Remember? Here’s what I wrote:
“I worked as an unpaid intern for one of their minor league affiliates in 1995 — the Boise Hawks — and it was the best summer of my life. Among the many awesome things that happened, the Hawks ended up winning the Northwest League championship, and I was unexpectedly given a championship ring. It’s one of my most prized possessions, baseball or otherwise, so I’ve always rooted for the Angels as a result.”
After posting that entry, I realized that I’ve never actually shown the ring, so check it out:
For those of you who don’t know, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim used to be called the California Angels. That’s what the “CA” stands for.
The ring, unfortunately, is not made of gold. It’s made of a “non-precious” metal called lustrium, but whatever, I still think it’s cool, and I don’t plan on selling it.
The lettering around the “CA” logo says, “NORTHWEST LEAGUE CHAMPIONS.”
Look how big the ring is…
…and hey, did you notice that it has my last name on the side?
(FYI, the Boise Hawks are now affiliated with the Cubs.)
The ring is nearly as tall as it is wide:
The other side of the ring shows the year above the Northwest League logo:
Although Guinness doesn’t have an official listing for this, I have to assume that I hold the record for “Shortest Amount Of Time Spent In Professional Baseball Having Gotten A Ring.”
Or something like that.
I’ll leave you with this photo of me, taken in 1995 inside the Boise Hawks’ clubhouse.