(Dunedin, Florida) - Eyes widened as a number of former Vancouver Canadians players opened up ring boxes holding their Championship rings for efforts in 2012 on Saturday.
"I am speechless," said Canadians outfielder Matt Newman who along with 34 other teammates from the 2012 season received their rings from C's owners Jake Kerr and Jeff Mooney as well as president Andy Dunn, General Manager Jason Takefman and broadcaster Rob Fai.
"The Canadians are a first class organization and these rings just prove how much they value our efforts on the field," added infielder Jorge Flores who is battling for a roster spot with either Lansing of the Midwest League or Dunedin of the Florida State League.
In 2012, the Canadians finished the regular season with a franchise-best 46 wins before defeating both Everett and Boise to claim a second straight Northwest League title.
"We are extremely proud to be able to come down to Florida for a second straight year and deliver a set of rings to these players," states Jason Takefman.
"Every single player on our roster had an impact and we are forever grateful for their efforts out at Scotiabank Field".
For players who are no longer within the Toronto Blue Jays organization, they will receive their rings in the coming weeks as will staff of the Vancouver Canadians front office.
Former Canadians first baseman Art Charles happened to be in Dunedin when the rings were handed out as thre Philadelphia Phillies were facing the Blue Jays on Saturday and was able to grab his keepsake.
"I was so fortunate to be a part of last year's team and wish all my friends the best of luck. Please tell everyone in Vancouver that I will never forget the city, fans and stadium where I won my first Championship," said the hulking 6'6" infielder.
The Canadians will now look toward June 14th in Tri-City, WA to begin the long climb toward a third consecutive NWL title.