Ransom's ring delivery caps off big week

Ransom's ring delivery caps off big week

SAN ANTONIO -- It was a pretty nice week for Padres veteran infielder Cody Ransom, who has not only earned a spot on the Padres' Opening Day roster but also received a fancy new piece of jewelry earlier this week.

This was some serious bling, too.

Ransom received his championship ring for being a part of the Reno Aces team that won both the Pacific Coast League title and the Triple-A championship last year.

"Not too bad," Ransom said of his week.

The 37-year-old Ransom, who will be a part of his third Opening Day in the big leagues come Monday in New York, didn't get much of a chance to wear the ring as he gave it to his wife before the team broke camp and headed to San Antonio for two games against the Rangers.

Ransom was also part of an Opening Day roster in 2004 with the Giants and '09 with the Yankees.

"I gave it to her to put with the other ones," said Ransom, who estimates he has four or five rings from various Minor League stops during a professional career that began in 1998.

That's not all, though. Two of Ransom's favorite rings -- for obvious reasons -- were the ones that he earned for being a part of the 2009 World Champion Yankees and the 2002 Giants, who lost to the Angels in the World Series. The pitching coach for those Angels was current Padres manager Bud Black.

Ransom, who signed a Minor League contract with the team in December, hit four home runs in Cactus League play and bounced around the infield. He was insurance in case the Padres needed it.

As it turns out, they did. Third baseman Chase Headley will miss most of April with a fractured tip to his left thumb. His replacement, Logan Forsythe, will miss six weeks after a setback with the plantar fasciitis in his right foot.

"I'm excited for the opportunity. Unfortunately, we had injuries to Chase and Logan. You wouldn't want to wish that on anyone. But that's why they signed me," Ransom said. "So far, it's been great. It's been a long, fun ride."

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.