Each 2009 Yankee, right down to World Series MVP Hideki Matsui wearing the uniform of his new, geographically confused team, was presented with a commemorative ring. Or so he thought.
But Derek Jeter had switched Hideki's for a giveaway fake...and Mariano Rivera had done the same to Nick Swisher.
Of course, both players eventually received their real rings. While the authentic Balfour bling is presumably worth a small fortune, however, it's the silly substitutes that showcased more genuine affection and captured a storyline better than any junk jewelry since Audrey Hepburn's Cracker Jack ring in Breakfast at Tiffany's.
With team chemistry like that, can 28 be far behind?