BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - It was October 29. The San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals in game seven of the World Series. While the players celebrate on the field, everyone associated with the team cherishes the moment. "It's the golden apple, the top rung,' said Roy Lee Elder.
Elder is a Biloxi native. He's been a scout with the Giants for more than a decade. The National League club has won three World Series titles in the past five years, and Elder is the proud owner of championship rings for those seasons. He also won three rings with the New York Yankees in 1996, 1998 and 1999.
With every championship, the ultimate keepsake, a World Series ring.
"They all mean so much to me. This is my trail of memories and always will be." Elder says.
Elder will pick up his sixth ring opening day next season. The other five are on his desk. They show how remarkable his career has been. "Ted Williams and Ernie Banks never won one and they're in the hall of fame. And it struck me how hard it is and what an accomplishment it is. Some people ever experience it. I've been blessed to be in the right place at the right time" the big league scout said.
Elder is responsible for decisions made behind the scenes, decisions that win championships. Getting a World Series ring epitomizes the fact that it truly is a team sport. "We're all very close. You do feel a part of it. It's the second best thing to not playing, being in my position," said Elder.
Roy Lee Elder will spend the off season home on the coast then hit the road for the Giants when spring training begins next year.