Earlier this week, the Washington Nationals revealed plans to celebrate their 2019 World Series title in virtual fashion on Sunday night. The club was set to host a championship ring ceremony that would feature players getting the bling delivered to their homes via delivery service, and they would subsequently open the packages in unison on a Zoom call.
As it turns out, however, those plans will not come to fruition.
The Nationals released an official statement on Saturday confirming that the ceremony has been cancelled, stating their motive to reunite and carry it out in person as the underlying reason to suspend the event.
Instead, Washington will unveil the World Series ring design on Sunday night. In a neat surprise, the Nats will also premiere the documentary "Improbable," which will detail the story of the team's unexpected championship run. The 2019 champs will also hold a "Nats4Good" fundraiser, which affirms that everything except the ring ceremony will proceed as planned.
This is definitely the right call by Washington. The original virtual ceremony was set to air on MLB Network and the club's website, and it was fully expected to carry a weird vibe.
Postponing the celebratory function until the team can do so in person is not only doing right by fans, but the sport of baseball as well. Nicely done, Washington.