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Lot # 682: 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks World Series Championship Player Ring Presented to Miguel Batista (Batista LOA)

Starting Bid: $3,000.00

Bids: 15 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Summer Classic 2022",
which ran from 8/28/2022 7:00 PM to
9/17/2022 10:00 PM

Displayed is an impressive looking 2001 Miguel Batista Arizona Diamondbacks' World Champions players ring, from the first and only time the Arizona Diamondbacks were World Series Champions. In that season, the Diamondbacks went 92-70 and finished second in the National League West Division and then defeated St. Louis and Atlanta to advance to the World Series against the New York Yankees. The Diamondbacks beat the Yanks in the bottom of the 9th inning of Game 7 to claim the World Championship. Arizona trailed 2-1 in that last inning. Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera was pitching in relief for the Yankees. The Diamondbacks tied the game on a Tony Womack double. Then Luis Gonzalez singled in Jay Bell to win this down-to-the-wire Series on a walk-off hit. Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson (World Series co-MVPs) were the key starters for the Diamondbacks that season, going 22-6 and 21-6 respectively. Miguel Batista, pitching both as a starter and reliever, went 11-8 to win the third most games for Arizona that season, and he finished with a 3.38 ERA. Luis Gonzalez led the batters with 57 homers and 147 RBIs. The ring face features the Diamondback logo, over a rectangular background, both set in real diamonds. Raised lettering around the ring face reads "2001 WORLD CHAMPIONS." The left prong has "BATISTA" in raised letters, the image of an American flag, "Arizona Diamondbacks," and below that, "43" (Batista's number) in raised numerals. The right prong shows a fancy letter "D" and an interlocking NY to represent the Diamondbacks and the Yankees. The is a raised image of the Diamondbacks home park, Bank One Ballpark, with a stylized crown on top of the stadium image. Below that are the words "Classiest Forever." Under the above is the MLB logo. The ring is size 9.5 and it weighs 56 grams. In addition, the beautiful ring is stamped 14 K, the original box does not come with the ring. On the inside band, in a reference to the then recent September 11th attacks, is "9-11-01 Never Forget." The ring comes with a Letter of Authenticity signed by Miguel Batista. The valuable ring recalls an exciting championship by an underdog team in the wake of the 9-11 attacks.

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