The Washington Times - April 17, 2012, 07:13PM

Edwin Jackson was walking around the Nationals’ clubhouse Tuesday afternoon showing off his latest piece of jewelry — and this was one that everyone wanted to see. Jackson was called into manager Davey Johnson’s office early Tuesday for a “surprise.” Waiting for him was his 2011 World Series ring, won as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals.

“It’s a little piece of history that you earned,” Jackson said. “To have it in your possession finally, the waiting and anticipation is over.”

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Jackson was traded to the Cardinals at mid-season last year but he was a big part of their stretch run and the “Happy Flight” motto that got them to the World Series. He displayed the ring, encrusted with diamonds, all over the clubhouse.

“You put your blood sweat and tears into it,” Jackson said. “It’s definitely not given to anyone. You have to go out and earn it and we definitely earned this. It’s a good feeling to be able to hold a World Series ring.”

Jackson said he probably wouldn’t wear the ring, planning instead to get it insured and put it away for safe keeping, but enjoyed looking at it nonetheless. As he was showing it off to a group of reporters, second baseman Danny Espinosa popped his head in for a look. He was impressed.

“It was shockingly beautiful and big,” said Nationals manager Davey Johnson. “Looking at it I’m thinking, ‘Jeeze, my first one was 1966… You could wear it on your pinky.’ That thing there, I don’t know if you could wear it. It was huge. It looked like you had to be a football player to wear it. It was beautiful.”

Johnson, who said he wears his 1986 ring when he goes back to New York for events for the Mets and joked he considered retiring after getting his $11,700 playoff share in 1966, agreed that it’s a good thing for young players on a team with a lot of promise to see something like that. It’s a tangible result of a team that got all the way to the top.

“That’s what we’re here for,” Johnson said. “That’s what we’re all dreaming about.”