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Nationals’ owner Mark D. Lerner announced last night that the club will hand out their World Series rings on Sunday.

MLB 2019 World Series Champion Washington Nationals Parade Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty Images

On the one-year anniversary of the low point of the 2019 campaign, which saw the eventual World Series champion Washington Nationals lose a fourth straight on the road in Flushing, Queens, New York’s Citi Field to fall to 19-31 on the year before turning it around and going 74-38 the rest of the way to earn a Wild Card spot before going on to win the Fall Classic, the club will hand out their World Series rings in what the organization is describing as, “... the first virtual championship ring ceremony in MLB history.”

At 7:00 PM on Sunday, May 24, 2020, the 2019 champs will finally get their World Series rings in the virtual ceremony which will be broadcast on, “Nationals.com, MLB Network, MASN, and the Nationals’ Facebook and YouTube channels.”

Managing Principal Owner Mark Lerner officially announced the news on Kolko and Friends on Tuesday night.

“We’ve been working since March to create a way for as many Nationals fans as possible to experience the unveiling of our spectacular World Series championship rings,” Mr. Lerner explained.

“We don’t know when we’ll all be together again at Nationals Park,” he added when asked how they came to the decision to hand out the rings this way after the original plans were postponed along with the start of the season.

“This virtual ring ceremony allows us to gather together remotely to share a moment of joy in these uncertain times,” Mr. Lerner said. “We’ll be bringing fans up close and personal with the team in a way that wouldn’t be possible in a typical ring ceremony, I’m really excited for our fans to see the rings and be part of this special moment.”

Several Nationals, including GM Mike Rizzo, had said previously that they wanted to wait for a time when everyone, fans included, could take part in the celebration, but after waiting a while as the coronavirus pandemic has played out, the team decided to go another route.

“Unfortunately we’d love to do it with 44,000 in the stands, screaming fans that belong there and helped us get to this milestone, but it’s really refreshing that we’re going to be able to share this with so many more people through the different venues,” Rizzo said last night.

“I think it’s unfortunate that we won’t do it in front of the home fans in the ballpark, but I think we’re going to reach a heck of a lot more people to do it this way.”

“In addition to the virtual ring ceremony,” the club announced in a press release, “Nationals fans are invited to relive the excitement of the 2019 Postseason during a special two-part presentation of Improbable, a brand-new documentary produced by Curly W Productions that takes fans behind the scenes of last year’s incredible run to the World Series, presented by Budweiser.

“Part one of the documentary will air at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 23 and part two will air on Sunday, May 24 at 5:30 p.m. ET, right before the virtual ring ceremony. Fans will be able to watch the documentary on Nationals.com and MASN.”