today's ceremony honoring Mariano Rivera. Check it out below.
Opening of Ceremony and Jackie Robinson's #42 Retired by Yankees
Rivera's #42 Retired by Yankees
The ceremony began with Rivera at the newly unveiled "42" in Monument Park, in honor of his number being retired by the Yankees. Introduced onto the field were a selection of guests from Rivera's present and past. This included Gene Michael, Jeff Nelson, David Cone, John Wetteland, Paul O'Neil, Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada, Hideki Matsui, Gene Monahan and Joe Torre. Rivera's wife, Clara, and sons, Mariano, Jafet and Jaziel were escorted out by Derek Jeter. Jackie Robinson's wife, Rachel, and daughter, Sharon, were similarly escorted onto the field by Robinson Cano.
Once everyone was on the field, the Yankees played a video tribute to Rivera, featuring the man himself alongside teammates, coaches and his manager, Joe Girardi.
To introduce Rivera to the field, Metallica played "Enter Sandman" live. Their hit song has long been the introduction music for Rivera and this was no different. Decked out in Yankee jerseys with "Metallica" on the front in script, they dedicated the song to the closer. Instead of his usual jog, he walked the entire length of the field to the front of the infield where the presentation was taking place.
Prior to that both starting pitchers were on their game. CC Sabathia was great through seven innings and only surrendered one run. He was helped by some huge double plays to get him out of potential danger. Tim Linceum matched him until the eighth. Pablo Sandoval committed a huge error on a potential double play ball and Linceum got wild loading the bases. It all combined to set up A-Rod for the dramatic home run and give the Yankees a 5-1 lead.
David Robertson would get through the eighth and Mo was summoned to close the door.
It was not a save situation but Mo handled it with ease. He struck out Hunter Pence looking for the first out. He then threw a nasty cutter to Pablo Sandoval which jammed him and he hit a weak pop up to Cano for the second out. Hector Sanchez then grounded to first and Mo covered for the out to end the game.
Rivera lowered his 2013 season ERA to 2.21.
The Yankees still have a faint pulse in the Wild Care race as they moved to within 3 games.
New York Daily News explains how Metallica's "Enter Sandman" became the entrance music for Mariano Rivera. In 1999, the scoreboard staff began to experiment with different songs, in search of a signature song for the closer. Yankee Stadium employee Mike Luzzi played "Enter Sandman" one day and it stuck.
Matt Snyder of CBS' Eye on Baseball reports that Yankee players will wear a special Mariano Rivera patch on their hats on Sunday against the Giants. According to Snyder, this makes them the first team to honor an active player on their cap. Take a look at the patch below.
honored Mariano Rivera with a sculpture and charitable donation.
According to Chris Toman of MLB.com, the sculpture was created by one of Canada's top contemporary sculptors. It's called Kiviuq's Journey, named after the legendary hero of the Inuit. They also presented him with a $10,000 check for his foundation.
David Robertson came in for the eighth and got two outs but then let a man get on first. The Yankees pitched out, but the throw was weak and the Blue Jays had the potential tying run at second. Girardi pulled Robertson with a 1-0 count and called on Rivera.
Rivera was able to retire Brett Lawrie on a weak grounder to second to end the 8th inning.
The Yankees were not able to add any insurance and Mo had to get three more outs to preserve the Yankee win.
Adam Lind singled up the middle and Colby Rasmus followed with a hard single to right and Toronto was set up with 2 runners on and none out. Kawasaki pinch hit and tried to move the runners up with a bunt. He did bunt but Overbay fielded the ball quickly and forced Lind at third for the first out. Goins grounded out to second with the runners moving up and Mo needed one more out. J.P. Arencibia pinch hit and Mo struck him out on three pitches to end the game.
The save for Rivera was his 44th in 51 save opportunities on the season. He now has 652 career saves. His 2013 season ERA now stands at 2.25.
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ESPN New York's Ian O'Connor shares some of the more personally touching stories from Mariano Rivera's season-long farewell tour, which is now nearing its end. Get the tissues ready.
Buster Olney has a photo.
The top line is his signature, the second line reads "Last to wear #42" and the third line reads "thank you for everything." Here is video of him signing the wall: