Earlier this afternoon, the Yankees received their championship rings for winning the 2009 World Series. In a ceremony before their home opener against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the team celebrated its 27 World Championship. On hand to present the 14-carat rings to the Yankees were Whitey Ford and Yogi Berra. Also on hand to receive a ring was World Series MVP Hideki Matsui, now a member of the Angels, who was greeted by Yankee Stadium fans with chants of "MVP! MVP!" Matsui actually received his ring last, and all the Yankees swarmed to hug him in the middle of the field. Here's video:

While the Championship Ring is something that all the players will cherish, the NY Times talked to several members of the Yankees organization who say they hardly ever wear their rings. Andy Pettitte, who received his fifth ring said, "A few years ago, I built a little display case in my den for the rings. I’ve never actually worn them." Yankees owner George Steinbrenner received his ring before the ceremony when Derek Jeter and manager Joe Girardi delivered it to his suite.