When the Angels were in Boston in August, several players asked veteran infielder John McDonald to bring the World Series ring he won with the Red Sox last season from his home in Scituate, Mass., to Fenway Park.
They wanted to see it, to touch it, to imagine what it would be like to slip such a hefty, diamond-encrusted ornament on their fingers.
"It was pretty cool," center fielder Mike Trout said. "That's what you play for. You want to get that ring."
The Angels are a long way from being sized for such fine jewelry. The postseason is a three-round, month-long grind, a grueling test of talent, will and endurance that can stretch to 19 games and...