The scouts send their regrets. The Angel players received their World Series championship rings in a pregame ceremony Tuesday, and most employees will get theirs in a private ceremony today. Alas, the scouts responsible for identifying and signing talent are on the road in search of the next generation of Angels.
The scouts have not been forgotten. Not every championship team provided their scouts with rings, but the Angels did, even for the part-timers. And, rather than mail the rings, the Angels will pay for scouting director Donny Rowland to deliver them individually, another gesture in recognition of scouts who might travel nine months each year, eat too much fast food and earn $50,000 a year, all in search of a star who might someday make $5 million.
"It's the classiest thing I've ever been around," said Rowland, who skipped this week's Anaheim ceremonies to scout players in Texas.
Disney approved spending $500,000 so that some 300 Angel employees, from publicists to clubhouse attendants, could get rings. Not all will get the players' ring, with an estimated retail value of $15,000, but all will get plenty of diamonds.