And as Girardi dug his hands through that brown paper, both pitchers should have guessed what was coming their way -- a glittering 2009 World Series ring for each of the former Yankees, handsomely dressed in a wooden box.
Girardi halted the Yankees' stretching exercises on the field at the Oakland Coliseum and called the entire roster around for a special presentation, offering congratulations to both Gaudin and Ramirez as they accepted their prizes.
"First-class, and I didn't expect anything different," Gaudin said. "It was great to have everyone there and make it feel like home again. I was a little nervous, a little chillish, but it was a very special moment. I'm going to cherish it forever."
"Everybody wants something like that," Ramirez said. "It's great. It's exactly what I wanted. I know everybody here, and I feel real, real happy."
As the Yankees applauded, Mariano Rivera gave Ramirez a playful whack in the head with his glove and Damaso Marte removed his cap to also hit Ramirez a few times -- rough-housing exercises that were repeated on numerous occasions within the confines of the Yankees' clubhouse.
Of course, the happy reunion lasted only a few moments before Gaudin and Ramirez were dispatched back to their side of the Coliseum. And not surprisingly, the cries to forget 2009 were launched by Chan Ho Park, a member of the Phillies team that the Yankees defeated in six games.
"Hey, beat it," Park said. "We've got to stretch."