Cubs’ Nate Schierholtz awaits World Series ring
BY GORDON WITTENMYER firstname.lastname@example.org February 27, 2013 4:06PM
Chicago Cubs' Nate Schierholtz rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game in Glendale, Ariz., Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
MESA, Ariz. – Nate Schierholtz doesn’t know when or how he’ll get it, but for the second straight year a new Cub will be presented a World Series ring while wearing a uniform not usually – ever, actually – associated with such things.
``I gave them my size a month and a half ago, that’s about it,’’ said Schieholtz, who spent most of last season with the eventual-champion San Francisco Giants before being traded to the Philadelphia Phillies at the trade deadline. ``I’m excited to get it, there’s no doubt about that. I think everyone wants to see what it’s going to look like. It’s something that’s priceless as a player.
``I’m excited, but I can wait. Whenever they decide the right time is that’s fine.”
For Schierholtz it’s his second ring, the first coming in 2010, when he actually was part of the Giants’ first title in San Francisco, even driving in an eighth-inning run with a two-out hit in a Game 1 victory over the Texas Rangers.
``It was a little different [this time] because I wasn’t there the last two months and throughout the playoffs,’’ said Schierholtz, whose old teammates voted him a full 2012 World Series share. ``But I’ve got a lot of good friends there, and I’m happy for what they did and what they were able to accomplish. They deserved it. I was just glad to be part of a lot of good years there.”
Fast-forward to a Cubs team that has gone so long without a championship they didn’t even have World Series rings the last time the Cubs won.
Fast-forward to a Cubs team in a major rebuilding process that Schierholtz chose over contenders such as the New York Yankees because, he said, of a greater opportunity to play.
Fast-forward to the moment – whenever it comes – that Schierholtz gets his World Series ring, whether in a public display in San Francisco in mid- to late summer or more privately in the Cubs’ clubhouse this season, the way Derrek Lee and Todd Hollandsworth got theirs from the Florida Marlins in 2004.
If it has any value to the Cubs beyond Schierholtz’ experience, it’s another chance for some of the younger players in particular to watch – as manager Dale Sveum had them do, from the top of the dugout in St. Louis last year when transplanted first base coach Dave McKay got his ring in a ceremony in St. Louis with the Cubs there.
``It’s a day you never forget when that person gives you that ring,” Sveum said. “When you have people who maybe haven’t had the fortune of seeing it, it just brings everything back to, `This is what it’s all about.’
``It’s a pretty emotional, special day for whoever’s receiving it, and when you get a chance to see it, I don’t think it hurts anything.”