Current Diamondbacks backup catcher Rod Barajas was also the Diamondbacks backup catcher when the team won the World Series in 2001. Barajas, then a 25-year-old rookie, batted just .160/.191/.274 in the regular season but stepped up and went 2-for-5 with a homer in the seven-game triumph over the Yankees.
Four years ago, Barajas lost his World Series ring, but now he's finally found it. The real story, though, is how he found it. It involves Brajas' wife, Stacie, and the recent death of her beloved grandmother. Here's MLB.com's Steve Gilbert:
Before leaving the couple's home in San Diego, Stacie tried on a pair of shoes she had not worn in years. She tried one foot on, determined it matched her outfit and packed both shoes for the trip.
While getting ready at the hotel just before the funeral, Stacie put on both shoes for the first time. Only there was a problem with the one she hadn't tried on before she left. There was something in the toe blocking her foot.
"I was getting ready and my wife yelled out, 'Guess what I just found?'" Barajas said. "We're in a hotel room and I'm like, what could you find in a hotel room?"
As it turns out, you can find a 2001 World Series ring and pendant.
"She walked out with the ring and pendant and we both looked at each other and I said, 'That was your grandmother. Your grandmother grabbed that and put it there for us. One last gift that she gave us before she left,'" Barajas said.
Not a bad way to be reunited with a cherished piece of personal history.
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