Rangers get 2011 AL championship rings

ARLINGTON, Texas -- In a brief ceremony prior to Saturday's game with the Chicago White Sox, the Texas Rangers received their 2011 AL Championship rings.

For many players, it was the second time to receive AL championship rings. But for others, like Mike Napoli, it was the first time.

"We were the American League champs last year and we get a ring for it and that's pretty special," Napoli said. "A lot of guys don't get the opportunity to be there and do that. We want that ultimate ring."

Players and front office personnel each filed out of the dugout and received their rings from co-chairman of the board Ray Davis and Bob Simpson and from CEO Nolan Ryan. Fans saved the biggest cheers for Michael Young and manager Ron Washington.

"Not winning the World Series doesn't dampen what that ring represents," Washington said. "We're still champions."

Washington added that the club can now focus on getting back and getting a World Series championship ring.