AL championship ring a symbol of pride for Yost

AL championship ring a symbol of pride for Yost

KANSAS CITY -- Royals manager Ned Yost has been through ring ceremonies many times before from all of his years on the Atlanta Braves coaching staff.

Ring ceremonies never get old, he said.

"You always enjoy that part of it," Yost said prior to the Royals' American League championship ring ceremony on Monday. "This will be my seventh one. It's always exciting."

One of the loudest ovations during the ceremony came when Royals owner David Glass spoke to the crowd. Glass said he wished his team would get a return trip to the World Series, but with a different ending this time -- that drew even louder cheers.

Royals president Dan Glass added, "Every team's goal is to celebrate its on-field accomplishments and it is with tremendous pride that we present this custom ring symbolic of the effort that went into winning the 2014 American League pennant, and it will be cherished by every team member."

The ring, designed by Minneapolis-based jewelry designer Jostens, is crafted in 10-karat white gold and weighs 1.9 carats. The top of the ring boasts an interlocking design of 34 pave-set round diamonds creating the KC logo over a custom blue stone specifically color-matched to the Royals' blue. Bases are loaded with four princess-cut diamonds, and the top and perimeter of the ring have 146 pave-set diamonds.

"To have a ALCS ring is something really special. It's something we really worked hard to get. It's awesome," Mike Moustakas said after the Royals' 10-1 victory.

Yost admits he isn't big on flaunting his rings.

"They are in a safe box somewhere," Yost said. "I really don't know. You wear them for a year and put them in a box."

Even though Yost and his players were extremely disappointed in not winning the World Series, he said he will take pride in wearing the AL championship ring.

"Yeah, I'll wear this one," he said. "For a bit."

Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.