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

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

Sep 15 2013, 9:57pm CDT | by

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

 
 
 


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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