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NL Notes: Cubs’ rings a sight to behold

News and links from around the National League

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The Cubs received their long-awaited World Series rings this past week, and these rings, let me say, are really worth something—not simply because of the work that went into earning them, but also the incredible bling that these rings provide.

We’re talking diamonds and white gold here. Also included on the ring are several engravings of key mantras that have gotten Cub fans through severe heartbreak and jubilant victory. All in all, the Cubs are ringing in the new season in style.

Here’s what else is happening around the National League:

Yoenis Cespedes has been looking for a home for some time now. He appears to have found comfort with the Mets, and this was evident on Tuesday night. ‘Cespy went deep not once, not twice, but three times against Philadelphia in a 14-4 win. Cespedes’ three dingers were part of seven total for the Mets, who are enjoying their perch atop the NL East.

Phillies pitcher Elniery Garcia has been suspended 80 games for usage of PEDs. Garcia, a 22-year-old minor league southpaw, put up good numbers a year ago at High-A Clearwater, so the Phils must be discouraged about the news regarding one of their better prospects.

The Brewers are staying busy with some early-season trades, as well as carrying on some rumors which should keep things interesting as May approaches. Ryan Braun in Dodger blue, anyone?

The Diamondbacks haven’t necessarily been the most successful team since their inception in 1998, but their value has seen a remarkable upward trend. Bought in 2004, for just $238 million, the Diamondbacks are now estimated to be worth approximately $1.15 billion.

Interstate travel in metro Atlanta continues to be a nightmare, and the most recent highway-related incident was undoubtedly a baseball doing. A truck-driver managed to spill thousands of Braves foam tomahawks on Interstate 75 Wednesday morning. The tomahawks, bound for SunTrust Park, caused significant delays, worsening an already ugly traffic situation.