The Chicago Cubs presented members of the Tennessee Smokies with World Series rings to commemorate the 2016 season Thursday at Smokies Stadium.
The ring ceremony took place in between games of a doubleheader between the Smokies and Birmingham Barons.
Manager Mark Johnson, the coaches and on-field staff, owners Randy and Jenny Boyd, and reliever Gerardo Concepcion - who spent part of the 2016 season with the big league Cubs - received their rings at home plate. Broadcaster Mick Gillispie hosted the ceremony.
"It's gorgeous, it's fantastic," president and COO Chris Allen said of the ring's design. "The Cubs had a long time to design this ring, and I think they hit a home run - no pun intended."
The Cubs ordered and distributed 1,908 rings to its organization, a nod to the franchise winning its first world championship since the year 1908. The Cubs busted their 108-season drought in November when they defeated the Cleveland Indians in the World Series in seven games.
"They're very few and far between," Allen said of the rings. "It's a nice gesture at the end of the year for hard work. You pull something like this out, and it's pretty amazing."
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