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    2001 New York Yankees American League Championship Ring Presented to Chuck Knoblauch.
    Only now, over a decade later, are Yankees fans finally coming to grips with it. Their hearts already broken by the terrorist attacks of 9/11, the citizens of New York sought refuge in the exploits of their pinstriped pals in the Bronx, representing the American League for the fourth consecutive season in World Series competition. Twice the Yanks scrambled back from the brink of defeat with late home run heroics to take a three games to two lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2001 World Series. A crushing defeat in Game Six left the World Championship to hang in the balance of a single contest. Ultimately that game would come down to the bottom of the ninth inning in Phoenix, with the game's most feared and decorated closer on the mound, needing just three outs to run the Yankee World Championship streak to four.

    While certainly nobody could reasonably compare the result of a sporting event to the devastation of the Twin Towers, the weak Luis Gonzalez blooper that fell behind a drawn-in infield landed like a ton of bricks on the Yankee fanbase. There would be no "Four-peat." Just rings like this one.

    This particular example was Chuck Knoblauch's parting gift from the Yankees, ending a four-year association during which the Bronx Bombers had otherwise always been the last team standing. The bat-and-hat Yankees logo adorns a diamond-studded face at the center of raised text reporting, "Yankees American League Champions." Left shank identifies the original recipient above an American flag, the "NY" logo and the word "Pride." Right shank holds a figural baseball at the center of text reading "2001" and "Tradition." Interior band is engraved "Chuck Knoblauch" and stamped "Balfour 14K." Size nine (9). Weight is fifty-six grams (56 g.). Pristine condition. Letter of provenance from ex-wife of Chuck Knoblauch.


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