NEW YORK -- Actually seeing his World Series championship ring was worth a thousand words to catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The photos didn't do it justice.
"The pictures you see on the Internet don't describe what it looked like when I first saw it," Saltalamacchia said. "The detail of everything, it's just amazing."
Early in the season, the Red Sox honored their 2013 title team at a ring ceremony at Fenway Park. Saltalamacchia, part of that squad, received his ring on Sunday morning.
It was prearranged that Allard Baird, Boston's vice president of player personnel, would present Saltalamacchia with his ring in New York.
Prior to game at Citi Field, Baird presented Saltalamacchia with the elaborate ring, inscribed with the catcher's name and uniform number, and the slogans "B Strong" and "Bearded Brothers."
"It's bigger than I thought it was going to be," Saltalamacchia said. "It's nice to actually have it in hand. It's really cool. I knew Allard Baird was going to come in and give it to me."
The Marlins' top free-agent acquisition this past offseason, Saltalamacchia is striving to be part of a championship culture in Miami. Receiving his ring puts closure to his 2013 season in Boston.
"It represents everything that we went through the whole year," he said. "A lot of guys play a long time to get one of these or even make it, so I'm pretty fortunate."
He immediately inspected the ring to make sure his last name -- the longest in Major League history -- is spelled correctly.
"It fits, and they got the name right," he said. "It fit. I had to check it twice to make sure it's spelled right."