When you make Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria happy, a big hunk of jewelry is often the reward. Just ask the 2003 World Series champion Marlins, Hanley Ramirez and, now, Dee Gordon.
On Tuesday, Loria presented Gordon with a jeweled-out neck pendant for winning the batting and stolen base titles last season. We are not talking small. The disc-shaped pendant is so large that Marlins manager Don Mattingly was heard to say: "Is that a chain or a belt buckle?" Gordon was almost at a loss for words.
Check out this bad boy:
Gordon isn't the first Marlin to find himself in possession of some big bling, courtesy of the Marlins' owner. After Ramirez won the batting title in 2009, Loria gave him a diamond-studded pendant:
But it was in 2003 when Loria went all out, ordering World Series rings that were the size of small golf balls, dwarfing all other championship rings before or since: