Ring ceremony is a must-see for Cubs

ST. LOUIS -- Chicago Cubs players won’t be required to be in the dugout to watch the St. Louis Cardinals get their World Series rings on Saturday, but it will be strongly encouraged.

During their home opener Friday, Cardinals players were paraded into the stadium one by one in their own vehicle. They left the ring presentation for Saturday morning to extend the weekend celebration of their title last season.

Cubs manager Dale Sveum, who has earned World Series rings with the New York Yankees (as a player) and the Boston Red Sox (as a coach), considers the ring ceremony in any of the four major sports to be a special day and one that can draw emotions from both dugouts.

Plus, the Cubs won’t just be out in the dugout to watch. Their first base coach, Dave McKay, will be getting his ring after leaving the Cardinals this offseason.

“We’ll be out there; we have one of our own getting one,” Sveum said. “I think it’s very important for everybody to be out there and to watch and respect what the Cardinals did last year as well as Dave McKay getting his ring as well.”