Skip to comments.On a night filled with cheers and tears, Mariano Rivera says one last goodbye to Bronx & Yankees
Posted on 09/27/2013 12:35:49 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
NEW YORK His was the Voice of the Yankees, Bob Sheppards grand baritone, whose perfect diction and harmonic intonation were the narrative embodiment of old Yankee Stadium, elevating every moment to the highest of theater.
A recording of the late Sheppards introduction of No. 42, Mariano Rivera, No. 42 greeted the opening of the bullpen door in the top of the eighth inning of a September afterthought, first home game of Riveras 19-year career in which the Yankees had already been eliminated. Riveras sendoff didnt need a boost of gravitas, but it didnt hurt in a game New York trailed 4-0, so Sheppards surprise salutation only furthered the frenzy.
From there, Metallica took its cue, and Enter Sandman blared in the Bronx for the final time, and Rivera, gripping his glove with his right hand, jogged on in from the bullpen to thunderous cheers and rapid-fire flashbulbs that gave the stands a strobe-like feel, the fans final chance to document the greatest relief pitcher of all-time in action.
Echoing the similar moment across town at Citi Field for the All-Star Game, even the opposing Rays took a moment away from their wild-card pursuit to exit the dugout and applaud, a tribute to which Rivera dutifully replied with a tip of the cap.
It was amazing, he said later. It was a great night.
There were, however, glimpses of baseball as usual. Manager Joe Girardis parting words to Rivera on the mound were, first and second, one out, a reminder of the mess his reliever was inheriting. Later, after completing his warmup tosses, Rivera paused for a moment behind the rubber and stared at the baseball before returning to the present and gesturing toward Robinson Cano, signaling whom hed be throwing to at second base in case of a comebacker.
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“stared at the baseball before returning to the present”
He was praying as he does before every appearance. He is a devout Christian.
..the era of MO has past, and I’ve enjoy it all..God speed MO.
So, by definition, they must have been Bronx cheers, right?
The only Yankee I cheered and pulled for.
Especially in Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS :D
The shame of that wasn’t that Mo blew the ‘01 WS with his pitching but with his bungled fielding. Still, without him the Yankees would not even have smelled a Game 7 much less any part of the WS.
P.S. #2 and 3 on the respect list: Torii Hunter and Ben Zobrist, but no one in my lifetime is likely to fill Rivera's shoes.
A question, I thought the number “42” was retired for Jackie Robinson, was Rivera grandfathered in?
But I admit, when Rivera took the mound that day, I thought to myself: uh, oh, I've seen this movie before.
Yes. In April 1997, MLB retired the uniform number 42 league-wide to honor Jackie Robinson, although Rivera was one of a dozen players allowed to continue wearing the number per a grandfather clause.
They’re going to retire that number this season.
I assume he’s the last one to wear “42”?
I think that’s a fair assumption — for the Yankees.
Well, I hate the Yankees as much as any non-NY fan, but this guy is pure class and the best there ever was at his position. I hope he has a great life in retirement.
As actor Robert Duvall described the Babe Ruth character (the Whammer) in the film, the Natural, so with Mariano Rivera: "He is the best that is, the best that ever was and the best that ever will be." (In Mo's case, as a closer or even as a reliever).
There were numerous crucial innings in which Mariano would come in, pitch to baseball's best and most powerful hitters, and literally saw off their favorite bats in their hands with his trademark pitch. no one EVER dominated like that, No one EVER will.
Add to that the fact that he is a humble, decent, generous, kind and quite religious man in this day and age.
The screen got blurry when Jeter and Petitte went out to the mound to go get him.
It’s rarer and rarer these days to see players spend their entire careers with one club.
however there was a game 6 and a game 7
In game 6 the Arizona Diamondbacks had 22 hits
a new World Series record
In Game 6 , the winning pitcher was Randy Johnson
In game 7 Curt Schilling was relieved by the game 7 winner, Randy Johnson
Everybody should read his bio. It’s quite a story.
remember the most popular themed t shirt during the start of the run ?
No but I'll bet it was in those Taco Bell colors they wore back then.
no one EVER dominated like that
Right you are.
I used to think that ‘Goose’ Gossage was the Man,
until I saw Rivera...
a ghost image of Randy Johnson from the side in full windup and the t shirt said
It takes more than nine Yanks to whip this Johnson
I have been a lifelong Yankees fan. I am a Diamondbacks fan. The night that Luis Gonzalez hit Mario Rivera’s fast ball to win the 2001 World Series, I jumped up and down and and screamed and cheered and, and went nuts. But I felt bad for my Brother in Christ, Mr. Rivera. Mr. Rivera will be a difficult act to follow. A class act at that.
I still do....
THAT is an astounding number.
It was good to hear Bob Sheppard again. It was great to see #42 run to the mound. He got his outs, then Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte came to get him, and he hugged his longtime teammates. They walked off together, symbolically ending an era.
Mo was the last man in the dugout. He came out to the mound and scooped up a piece of dirt, holding it in his hands as he did his interview with Meredith Marakovits of YES.
As he has done throughout his career, he did it all with grace, class, and dignity. For that, he’ll be missed, as well as for the brilliant performances he gave over his 19-year career. If you’re a Yankee fan and the Yankees were up a run or two after 8, you knew the Sandman was coming and the ballgame was over. To maintain that degree of humility while displaying that level of excellence so consistently is remarkable, especially in this day and age.
Thank you, Mariano.
The Yankees’ YES Network ran comments form players on other teams. Great line from Alex Gordon, the young slugger from the Royals: “I wish he’d stick around so I could get a hit off him.”
When Bud Selig unilaterally retired #42 for Jackie in 1997, all the players, coaches, and managers then wearing 42 were allowed to keep it, but no team could issue #42. Mo is the last of them.
Which is why one of his favorite gifts that he has received is a rocking chair from the Twins, made entirely of broken bats. The Twins named it "The Chair of Broken Dreams".
Thank you, Mariano
Well said sir.
I want Mariano Rivera to be the first baseball player to be voted unanimously into the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA). And there’s a good chance it will happen: the mass media in general has really liked Rivera over the years.