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On a night filled with cheers and tears, Mariano Rivera says one last goodbye to Bronx & Yankees
Sports Illustrated ^ | 09/27/2013

Posted on 09/27/2013 12:35:49 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

NEW YORK – His was the Voice of the Yankees, Bob Sheppard’s 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 Sheppard’s 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 Rivera’s 19-year career in which the Yankees had already been eliminated. Rivera’s sendoff didn’t need a boost of gravitas, but it didn’t hurt in a game New York trailed 4-0, so Sheppard’s 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 Girardi’s 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 he’d be throwing to at second base in case of a comebacker.

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TOPICS: Society; Sports
KEYWORDS: marianorivera; yankees

1 posted on 09/27/2013 12:35:49 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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2 posted on 09/27/2013 12:36:34 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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3 posted on 09/27/2013 12:37:05 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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4 posted on 09/27/2013 12:38:12 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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5 posted on 09/27/2013 12:38:54 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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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.


6 posted on 09/27/2013 12:55:14 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: SeekAndFind

..the era of MO has past, and I’ve enjoy it all..God speed MO.


7 posted on 09/27/2013 12:55:44 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: SeekAndFind
On a night filled with cheers and tears, Mariano Rivera says one last goodbye to Bronx & Yankees

So, by definition, they must have been Bronx cheers, right?

8 posted on 09/27/2013 1:03:17 PM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos...)
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To: SeekAndFind

The only Yankee I cheered and pulled for.


9 posted on 09/27/2013 1:03:54 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Resolute Conservative
The only Yankee I cheered and pulled for.

Especially in Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS :D

10 posted on 09/27/2013 1:05:18 PM PDT by ssaftler (Oh, hell YEAH!!!! This is absolutely Obama's fault)
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To: SeekAndFind
Memories . . .

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11 posted on 09/27/2013 1:10:09 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Let your 'Yes' mean 'Yes,' and your 'No' mean 'No.' Matthew 5:37)
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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.


12 posted on 09/27/2013 1:13:45 PM PDT by FlipWilson
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To: SeekAndFind
As a Rays fan, there is no one I have more respect for in MLB as a person and as a player than Mo, and I was glad my team had the privilege of being his last four outs. (That we won the game didn't hurt either.)

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.

13 posted on 09/27/2013 1:24:30 PM PDT by chajin ("There is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12)
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A question, I thought the number “42” was retired for Jackie Robinson, was Rivera grandfathered in?


14 posted on 09/27/2013 1:26:34 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: FlipWilson
If the Diamondbacks had a decent closer, there wouldn't have been a game seven, and probably not a game six.

But I admit, when Rivera took the mound that day, I thought to myself: uh, oh, I've seen this movie before.

15 posted on 09/27/2013 1:28:55 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Let your 'Yes' mean 'Yes,' and your 'No' mean 'No.' Matthew 5:37)
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To: dfwgator

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.


16 posted on 09/27/2013 1:29:33 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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I assume he’s the last one to wear “42”?


17 posted on 09/27/2013 1:36:57 PM PDT by dfwgator
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I think that’s a fair assumption — for the Yankees.


18 posted on 09/27/2013 1:37:33 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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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.


19 posted on 09/27/2013 1:39:02 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: dfwgator
When Jackie Robinson's #42 was retired, each active Major League player who was wearing #42 was allowed to keep that number but no future players would be allowed to wear it. Mariano Rivera was the last of those allowed to wear #42.

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.

20 posted on 09/27/2013 1:44:28 PM PDT by BlackElk (Dean of Discipline, Tomas de Torquemada Gentlemen's Society: Rack 'em, Danno)
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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.


21 posted on 09/27/2013 1:46:19 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Jeff Chandler

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


22 posted on 09/27/2013 1:56:16 PM PDT by advertising guy ( Congress should not be afraid of Rush Limbaugh, Congress should be petrified of God)
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Schilling and Johnson in their prime—what a duo. They reminded me of Koufax/Drysdale.
23 posted on 09/27/2013 1:59:22 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Let your 'Yes' mean 'Yes,' and your 'No' mean 'No.' Matthew 5:37)
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To: Resolute Conservative

Everybody should read his bio. It’s quite a story.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mariano_Rivera


24 posted on 09/27/2013 2:07:39 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Jeff Chandler

remember the most popular themed t shirt during the start of the run ?


25 posted on 09/27/2013 2:11:54 PM PDT by advertising guy ( Congress should not be afraid of Rush Limbaugh, Congress should be petrified of God)
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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.

26 posted on 09/27/2013 2:22:20 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Let your 'Yes' mean 'Yes,' and your 'No' mean 'No.' Matthew 5:37)
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To: BlackElk

no one EVER dominated like that

Right you are.

I used to think that ‘Goose’ Gossage was the Man,

until I saw Rivera...


27 posted on 09/27/2013 2:24:28 PM PDT by Paisan
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To: Jeff Chandler

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


28 posted on 09/27/2013 2:27:33 PM PDT by advertising guy ( Congress should not be afraid of Rush Limbaugh, Congress should be petrified of God)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


29 posted on 09/27/2013 2:37:23 PM PDT by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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To: Paisan
I used to think that ‘Goose’ Gossage was the Man...

I still do....

"let's go after him..."

30 posted on 09/27/2013 2:51:07 PM PDT by RckyRaCoCo (Shall Not Be Infringed)
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To: SeekAndFind

THAT is an astounding number.


31 posted on 09/27/2013 3:18:41 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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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.


32 posted on 09/27/2013 3:23:56 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.”


33 posted on 09/27/2013 3:24:56 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: dfwgator

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.


34 posted on 09/27/2013 3:26:45 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: BlackElk
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.

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".

35 posted on 09/27/2013 3:28:23 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: TBP

Thank you, Mariano

Well said sir.

Well said...


36 posted on 09/27/2013 3:54:59 PM PDT by Paisan
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


37 posted on 09/27/2013 11:05:23 PM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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