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MLB: Red Sox Honor CP Mariano Rivera In Last Game at Fenway
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MLB: Red Sox Honor CP Mariano Rivera In Last Game at Fenway

Sep 15 2013, 9:57pm CDT | by

The Boston Red Sox honored New York Yankees closing pitcher Mariano Rivera prior to his last game at Fenway Park on Sunday.

The Boston Red Sox honored legendary closer Mariano Rivera in his final game at Fenway Park on Sunday. In the words of CBS Boston,"The Boston Cello Quartet played Rivera's theme song,'Enter Sandman...

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MLB: Red Sox Honor CP Mariano Rivera In Last Game at Fenway

Sep 15 2013, 9:57pm CDT | by

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The Boston Red Sox honored New York Yankees closing pitcher Mariano Rivera prior to his last game at Fenway Park on Sunday.

The Boston Red Sox honored legendary closer Mariano Rivera in his final game at Fenway Park on Sunday. 

In the words of CBS Boston,"The Boston Cello Quartet played Rivera's theme song,'Enter Sandman.' Then the Red Sox played highlights from one of the low points in Rivera's career, his blown save in Game 4 of the 2004 AL championship series." 

A video tribute for Rivera was also shown on the Fenway Park scoreboard. The commentary of the tribute came courtesy of Kevin Millar, Dave Robers and Bill Mueller, the three Boston players behind the comeback in Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS which saw the Red Sox defeating the Yankees in seven games.  

The Red Sox then called Rivera to the diamond where he was greeted with a hug from Boston designated hitter David Ortiz. He was then given several gifts which include a painting of him smiling before the opening game of the 2005 season, a No. 42 signed by the Red Sox team and the pitching rubber from the vistors' bullpen. 

These are additions to other tokens of appreciation he has received from other teams which include a surfboard from the Oakland Athletics, a bicycle from the San Diego Padres, a gold record from the Cleveland Indians, a fishing pole from the Los Angeles Dodgers and a cowboy hat and boots from the Texas Rangers.

He has also received several checks for his foundation, with the Red Sox owners giving him another one toward the end of their tribute for him. 

When asked to comment on the previous gifts, Rivera said,"They're at home. I have to put them together. I don't have time right now." 

In the dugout before Sunday's game, Rivera said he's blessed to play in so many Yankees-Red Sox games. 

"It's a blessing to me to play here for so many years. To come here to play against the Red Sox at Fenway, it's always a great game. But it's never easy." 

For his part, Boston manager John Farrell has nothing to say but kind words for their rival closer.

"What he's done is not by accident. He's a great player that has stayed focused and committed to his profession. He's a role model, and I mean that in the greatest sense I can say it. Everyone should look up to him, the way he lives his life."   

As of September 15, Rivera has 651 career saves -- the most in Major League Baseball history to go along with a 2.22 ERA. 

Fifty-eight percent of those saves have come against the Red Sox, notes ESPN New York's Wallace Matthews. 

 
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6 weeks ago

New York Yankees extend David Robertson a qualifying offer

Nov 4 2014 7:57pm CST | Source: Yardbarker: MLB

On Monday New York Yankees closer David Robertson was offered a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer. He was the only player on the team to receive the offer and has a week to make his decision. David Robertson arrived in New York in 2008 and has taken the show by storm ever since. Replacing legend Mariano Rivera wasn’t the easiest thing to do, but Robertson made a household name for himself in the Yankees organizatio ...
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6 weeks ago

New York Yankees set to determine qualifying offers

Nov 3 2014 9:54am CST | Source: Yardbarker: MLB

The deadline to submit qualifying offers to players is Monday at 11:59 p.m. The New York Yankees will assuredly extend one to closer David Robertson, while the jury is out on whether they will make one for starter Hiroki Kuroda.If Robertson accepts the $15.3 million offer, he would be the first player to ever do so and the highest paid reliever for a season in baseball history. With Robertson the top reliever on the market, and plenty of teams looking to fill the role, he will likely f ...
Source: Yardbarker: MLB   Full article at: Yardbarker: MLB
 

 
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7 weeks ago

World Series Game 7s conjure up many memories

Oct 29 2014 6:08pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

In Kansas City, Game 7 of the World Series conjures up memories of Bret Saberhagen’s brilliance, a St. Louis meltdown and the only Royals championship in 1985. The flashbacks in San Francisco aren’t nearly as sweet. There was Willie McCovey’s game-ending lineout that was oh-so-close to being a Series-winning hit in 1962 and another loss 40 years later by Barry Bonds & Co. to the Angels. Be it Babe Ruth, Jack Morris or Mariano Rivera, ...
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7 weeks ago

World Series Game 7s conjure up many memories

Oct 29 2014 6:08pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

In Kansas City, Game 7 of the World Series conjures up memories of Bret Saberhagen’s brilliance, a St. Louis meltdown and the only Royals championship in 1985. The flashbacks in San Francisco aren’t nearly as sweet. There was Willie McCovey’s game-ending lineout that was oh-so-close to being a Series-winning hit in 1962 and another loss 40 years later by Barry Bonds & Co. to the Angels. Be it Babe Ruth, Jack Morris or Mariano Rivera, the moments created in an all-or-nothing game res ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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7 weeks ago

World Series Game 7s conjure up many memories

Oct 29 2014 6:08pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

In Kansas City, Game 7 of the World Series conjures up memories of Bret Saberhagen’s brilliance, a St. Louis meltdown and the only Royals championship in 1985. The flashbacks in San Francisco aren’t nearly as sweet. There was Willie McCovey’s game-ending lineout that was oh-so-close to being a Series-winning hit in 1962 and another loss 40 years later by Barry Bonds & Co. to the Angels. Be it Babe Ruth, Jack Morris or Mariano Rivera, the moments cr ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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7 weeks ago

World Series Game 7s conjure up many memories

Oct 29 2014 6:08pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

In Kansas City, Game 7 of the World Series conjures up memories of Bret Saberhagen’s brilliance, a St. Louis meltdown and the only Royals championship in 1985. The flashbacks in San Francisco aren’t nearly as sweet. There was Willie McCovey’s game-ending lineout that was oh-so-close to being a Series-winning hit in 1962 and another loss 40 years later by Barry Bonds & Co. to the Angels. Be it Babe Ruth, Jack Morris or Mar ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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7 weeks ago

World Series Game 7s conjure up many memories

Oct 29 2014 6:08pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

In Kansas City, Game 7 of the World Series conjures up memories of Bret Saberhagen’s brilliance, a St. Louis meltdown and the only Royals championship in 1985. The flashbacks in San Francisco aren’t nearly as sweet. There was Willie McCovey’s game-ending lineout that was oh-so-close to being a Series-winning hit in 1962 and another loss 40 years later by Barry Bonds & Co. to the Angels. Be it Babe Ruth, Jack Morris or Mariano Rivera, the moments created ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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7 weeks ago

Road teams face horrible odds in World Series Game 7

Oct 29 2014 12:16pm CDT | Source: SBNation

The home team have won the last nine Game 7s in World Series history. Here's a brief look at those games and a search for meaning. The last nine World Series Game 7s have ended with the home team winning. This is something you've heard before reading this. It's something you'll hear 500 times on the pre-game show. It's something you'll hear even more during the game. Game 7s on the road are where closers blow things and Tony Womack is bette ...
Source: SBNation   Full article at: SBNation
 

 
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7 weeks ago

Free Agent Profile: Koji Uehara

Oct 27 2014 4:01pm CDT | Source: MLB Trade Rumors

Koji Uehara had a meteoric rise to becoming one of the most dominant closers in the game, but the 39-year-old also had a sharp decline at the end of the 2014 season that has seriously clouded his free agent stock. Strengths/Pros You’d be hard-pressed to find a relief pitcher — or any pitcher — with definitively better control than Uehara. Since jumping to the Majors in 2009, Uehara has walked 46 batters in 350 1/3 innings, and four of those have been intentional. He’s av ...
Source: MLB Trade Rumors   Full article at: MLB Trade Rumors
 

 
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8 weeks ago

Kansas City Royals Have 1st Bullpen in MLB History to Start a Postseason 7-0

Oct 23 2014 8:18pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

When Kelvin Herrera of the Kansas City Royals was credited with the victory in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday night, the Royals bullpen became the first in MLB history to start a postseason with a cumulative 7-0 record, per Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN Stats & Info). In addition to the record-setting streak, the seven victories have tied an all-time postseason mark for most total bullpen wins, per MLB Stat of the Day. The original record was set back in 2003 by ...
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