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.
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.
Mariano Rivera announced today that the 2013 season will be his last one. This is a sad day for me because Rivera is one of the greatest players I have ever seen and I don’t want to see him leave. I have been blessed to see him pitch live in person and it will be honor to watch him this final season.
Rivera is known for his great pitching but also for his entrance to the field. In Yankee Stadium, “Enter Sandman” is well known by everyone and it provides one of the coolest moments in baseball when he exists the bullpen and enters the field.
It’s one of the best things in baseball today and it’s sad that we will not see it anymore past 2013.
Growing up as an A’s fan, the Yankees were public enemy number one. I hated everything that was all Yankees. But over the years, as I watched more Yankees baseball as the enemy, I really grew an appreciation for two players. One was Derek Jeter. The other is birthday boy Mariano Rivera.
Mariano Rivera injured his knee during BP yesterday and its reported that its an ACL tear. An injury like that could take about a year to recover from and with his age, this might be the last time we see Mariano Rivera.
I am no way a Yankee fan but I am one of Rivera’s biggest fans. Watching him for all these years, especially in the playoffs, just makes me appreciate how great of a pitcher he is. When the Yanks come to Oakland, I partially just want to see him come into the game (even though it meant the A’s were losing) just because I want to have that privilege to see him.
When I went to the old Yankee Stadium for two games, I was so bummed that the Yanks lost both those games and I never got to hear “Enter Sandman”. I wanted to see the greatest of all time.
If this is the end of Rivera’s career, then I tip my hat to a fine career. I hope it isn’t but I’ll just cross my fingers and pray for the best.