I’m still thinking about his exit at Yankee Stadium earlier this week. Who didn’t get emotional seeing that? For such a great, classy professional, this was the most perfect sendoff for him. And to see Mariano Rivera cry also, shows how much he cares about the game and is appreciative for everything we’ve given him.
Even though I despise the Yankees, there was always an exception to a few players on the team that I did like. Hideki Matsui was one that I felt didn’t fit in with the “Evil Empire” identity of the team. Derek Jeter was also another one I admired and respected — especially after that flip to Posada to tag Jeremy Giambi. But Mariano Rivera was the one I could not hate.
As it has been documented over the years, and a lot more this week, Rivera was the perfect baseball player. He took advantage of an opportunity, excelled at something nobody else could do and ended up on the top. On the way up to the top, he didn’t look down at the people below. Instead, he brought them up with him. Whether it was teaching them how to throw the cutter or just encouraging them, Rivera was the kind of player that baseball needed. He gave us, the baseball world, a gem to hold onto.
This exit from Yankee Stadium was perfect for a man that was the perfect player and teammate.
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Having Metallica perform “Enter Sandman” live for Rivera’s retirement ceremony was great.
After the song, the entire team greeted Rivera and Rivera gave a heartfelt speech and got a standing ovation.
This was great for one of the greatest players ever. What a show!
I wonder how they would do it if it actually came to be. They probably have to have a stage set up before the game and just hope that the Yankees have a save situation to bring him in.
People wonder how it would be for a band to play a song live during an event. Look no further than to wrestling where it has been done before. I give you Triple H coming out to his own theme song performed by Motorhead.
If Rivera came out to a live performance by Metallica, imagine the intimidation factor. I for one am for it.
Ichiro bows to the fans after collecting his 4,000th professional hit.
Ichiro Suzuki collected his 4,000th professional hit earlier tonight. Combining his time in Japan and with Major League Baseball, 4,000 is a great accomplishment. But of course, there has to be an acknowledgment that it’s not on the level as Ty Cobb or Pete Rose. Any smart person knows that Ichiro’s accomplishments are not on their level.
But in this case, some people on Twitter have gotten out of their way to be so angry at Ichiro for still accomplishing a very difficult milestone regardless if some of the hits came from Japan. After all, getting a hit is hard enough. Getting it 4,000 times is pretty special. It’s like his time in Japan getting hits doesn’t mean anything. Nobody is saying that all his hits are from his time in America. But it’s lost somewhere with these people.
Robinson Cano wearing the batting practice cap during Friday’s game.
This is an odd sight
The Yankees don’t wear any cap other than their classic dark navy with interlocking NY logo. The only time they wear something different if it’s the league-wide mandated promotion or a throwback game.
Tonight against the Tigers, the Yankees trotted out their batting practice cap. The reason why they did it, according to CBS, is for their partnership with New Era and the David C. Koch Foundation to help fight cancer. Good cause, I can dig it. And something different and refreshing. I dig it too.
I’ve been lucky enough to see Mariano Rivera pitch before. It was special. But with this being his last season, I had to go see him one last time. I drove two hours down to San Diego to see him play. And this was my first time at Petco Park.
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The park itself was beautiful. And when the 8th inning approached, everyone started to crowd this one stairway that was above the bullpen. Security tried to clear the way for people, but it was just too hard.
The entire series featured about 50-50 split in Yankees and Padres fans. And on Saturday when Rivera came in, the entire stadium was cheering for him. It was an awesome experience to see him pitch. There was just an aura off something special there. I just can’t put it into words.
Great memories at this ballpark.
Mariano Rivera salutes the crowd.
Mariano Rivera had a great show at the All-Star Game. He had a 1-2-3 inning in his final All-Star Game appearance. He won the Game MVP and the crowd gave him a tremendous standing ovation when he entered and exited the game. It was beautiful.
The only thing different about this than what he’s been doing most of his career is that this happened all the in the eighth inning. The best closer in the history of the game did not close the game. He came in to set up Joe Nathan in the ninth. Manager Jim Leyland had to have had a good reason for this, right?
Normally in any situation, Rivera would pitch the final inning to get the save. The situation, however to Leyland was a little different. Entering the eighth inning, the American League was up 2-0 and Leyland must have thought that the National League might have a chance to take the lead at the bottom of the inning, thus eliminating the save situation. Rivera was told to warm up.
This morning I saw this tweet. I just found this really funny because it just makes me realize how long Andy Pettitte has been around in baseball.
Colby Rasmus plays for the Toronto Blue Jays and is 26 years old. This photo was taken when Rasmus was about 13 years old. And Pettitte would be 27 at the time of the photo. He’s 40 now.
It’s not that much of a difference since Pettitte is 40 years old now, but it’s still funny to see that he’s been around for that long and is still an effective pitcher today.