MLB: Mariano Rivera Named 2013 All-Star Game MVP

Legendary closer Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees was declared MVP of the 2013 MLB All-Star Game at Citi Field in Queens, N.Y. The American League All-Stars beat their National League counterparts, 3-0 to earn home field advantage in the 2013 World Series.

Jul 17 2013, 1:15am CDT | by

MLB: Mariano Rivera Named 2013 All-Star Game MVP
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Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees achieved another milestone in his illustrious MLB career - 2013 All-Star Game MVP. 

The game marked Rivera's last as an All-Star. The crowd of 45,186 at Citi Field, home of the Yankees' cross-town rival New York Mets, was on its feet to give him a standing ovation once he took the field for the eighth inning to the tune of Metallica's Enter Sandman. Both the National League and American League All-Stars gave him a rousing ovation as well. 

Once he got on the mound, Rivera tipped the cap while other relievers came out to the warning track to honor the great Yankee closerHe appreciated the adulation he received from everyone. 

"Nothing is better than this. I appreciate all of it. From the fans. From the peers."

American League manager Jim Leyland of the Detroit Tigers decided not to risk waiting for a save opportunity that might never come for the Yankee closer. 

"If anybody ever messed up Mariano Rivera, I can lay claim to that. I just couldn't take any chance. You know, I'm probably not the most popular manager in baseball. I wanted to make sure I get out of here alive."

Rivera didn't get the save, but managed to eke out a familiar 1-2-3 inning - Jean Segura groundout to second, Allen Craig flied to left field and a Carlos Gomez groundout to short. The save went to Texas Rangers closer Joe Nathan who gave the game ball to Rivera once the game's final out was recorded.

Final score: American League 3, National League 0.

Rivera joined forces with nine other American League pitchers to help limit their counterparts to just three hits. The three-run victory snapped a three-game slide against the National League in the All-Star Game.  

USA Today Sports' Paul White notes Rivera left an All-Star Game legacy with a 0.00 ERA. The only run he ever allowed in an All-Star Game was an unearned one 13 years ago. 

Rivera, MLB's all-time leader in saves with 608 and owner of a career-playoff ERA of 0.70, formally announced his plans to retire after the 2013 season on March 9. 

 
 
 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

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