Jerry Hairston signed with the Padres during the offseason and so he assumed he’d just get his World Series ring mailed to him. Turns out, some fortunate scheduling (and a willingness to pass on some sleep) allowed him to be here at the Stadium to get it in person.
As the Yankees took batting practice earlier today, Hairston chatted with some of his former teammates, many of whom were surprised to see him since they just assumed Hairston would be playing with his new team. The Padres had a day game yesterday, though, and an off-day today, so Hairston hopped the red-eye flight last night (paying his own way) and got into New York at 6 in the morning. After a quick nap, Hairston came to the Stadium and will get his ring before heading back to the airport for the long flight back to California. Needless to say, he’s tired but he’s far from complaining.
“It’s worth it,” he said.
Take a listen to Hairston’s interview with a group of reporters below. Pretty cool to hear how excited he is about getting the ring.