2020 was supposed to be a special kind of year for the Washington Nationals. Just last season, they went from near the bottom of the NL East in May to World Series champions in October. Over a month ago, fans were supposed to fill Nationals Park and watch the team receive their championship rings in a wave of fanfare.
But the coronavirus had other ideas, as its spread shut down not just baseball, but all major sports around the world. This past month, the Nationals revealed that they would hold off on their ring ceremony until fans can attend games, but those plans changed due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the status of the 2020 season.
On Tuesday, Washington announced that they'll hold a virtual World Series ring ceremony on Sunday, May 24.
The Nationals have mailed out their rings to each member of the 2019 squad, and will all open the packaging in unison in a Zoom call. The ceremony will be aired on MLB Network and the team's official website at 7 p.m. ET.
Why did the Nationals, of all days, choose May 24? Well, back on that very date last year, Washington was 19-31 on the season. The bullpen was disastrous, and manager Davey Martinez appeared to be all but fired.
Then, the team awoke and caught fire, pulverizing the competition to clinch an NL Wild Card berth. From there, they bulldozed their way through the Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals, and ultimatly the Houston Astros to win their first-ever Commissioner's Trophy.
This is going to feel weird, but we should be used to it given the uncharacteristic times we're currently living through. Coronavirus is temporary, but a championship is forever.