- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 19, 2020

The Washington Nationals won’t have to wait to see their World Series rings much longer.

The team announced Tuesday that it will host a virtual celebration this Sunday to unveil their 2019 championship rings, with a one-hour video stream starting at 7 p.m.

The celebration will be simulcast on the Nationals’ website and social media channels along with MLB Network and MASN.

“We could not be more excited to finally share our 2019 World Series Champions rings with our players, staff, and fans,” managing principal owner Mark Lerner said in a press release. “The various elements of the ring truly capture the Washington Nationals story and the craftsmanship is unparalleled.”

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo had previously said in an April radio interview that the team wouldn’t hang its championship banner at Nationals Park or give the team its rings until the fans could be involved in person — rather than, for example, in an empty stadium. The coronavirus pandemic has delayed the start of the 2020 Major League Baseball season and held off the team’s plans to celebrate its first World Series title.

But now, the rings will be mailed to the players, coaches and staff in the next few days, The Athletic reported.

Lerner first made the announcement on a livestream Tuesday with MASN broadcaster Dan Kolko.

“We don’t know when we’ll all be together again at Nationals Park, and this virtual ring ceremony allows us to gather together remotely to share a moment of joy in these uncertain time,” Lerner said.

The design of the ring will be revealed for the first time Sunday. Several members of the championship team participating in the show will see it live for the first time along with fans watching from home.

The Nationals will also debut their own documentary about the 2019 season, called “Improbable,” this weekend. The first of two parts airs on MASN and Nationals.com Saturday at 7, and part two will follow Sunday at 5:30.

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