Originally written on STLSportsMinute  |  Last updated 10/22/14

From STL Sports Minute:

The St. Louis Cardinals kicked off their first home stand of the season with a deflating 9-5 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Friday afternoon in front of a packed house at Busch Stadium.  Unfortunately, the home opener was a big disappointment.

Luckily for the Cardinals, their spirits were lifted on Saturday as they received their 2011 World Series Championship rings before beating the Cubs 5-1.

The look of the rings is much of what you would expect for world champions. 

The rings include the year the team won each of its 11 World Series titles. There is the familiar bird on the bat on the front of the ring, which is made of rubies.  There are the pillars of Busch Stadium on one side. And of course, there are plenty of diamonds -- 103 of them to be exact.

But there is one unusual characteristic on this ring that you may not expect and that is not usually featured on championship hardware. The "Rally Squirrel" makes an appearance on the jewelry.

The "Rally Squirrel" became a fan symbol throughout the Cardinals' 2011 championship run. You can see it on each ring between the home plate and STL logo. The squirrel is scampering as it did across the Busch Stadium field in the middle of a Skip Schumaker at-bat.  

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