emotional final home game for Mariano Rivera, the man of the hour reflected, as did a very emotional Joe Girardi and Andy Pettitte.
Rivera would retire all 4 batters he faced: Delmon Young and Sam Fuld to get out of the jam and José Lobatón and Yunel Escobar for the first two outs in the ninth. Girardi opted to remove him with 2 outs in order to let him walk off to an ovation one last time. But instead of Giardi coming out to get him, the manager sent out Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera for an emotional moment. Watch it here:
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Peter Botte and Anthony McCarron of the Daily News discuss the possibility of Mariano Rivera playing center field during the Yankees final series in Houston against the Astros. Rivera has always shagged fly balls and the idea of him playing center has always been teased, but now that the team has nothing to lose and no worry of injuring him for next year, he may just get a shot.
Joe Giardi indicated that the team has a "responsibility to baseball" for the Rays series, because it impacts the postseason. But the final series in Houston has no impact because both teams are eliminated. When Rivera was asked about the idea, he laughed and said, "We'll see." Stay tuned. This might be the only good thing to come out of us missing the playoffs.
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today's ceremony, Joe Girardi made sure that Rivera saw action in Sunday's game.
River entered in the 8th inning with a runner on second and one out. He struck out Ehire Adrianza and elicited a fly out from Ángel Pagán to end the inning, keeping the Yankees in the game, trailing at 2-1. The team threatened in the bottom of the 8th but runners were thrown out at the plate not once, but twice.
In the top of the 9th, Juan Pérez singled and Brandon Belt reached on a throwing error by Robinson Cano, to put runners on first and second with no outs. Rivera broke Buster Posey's bat for a soft liner which Cano caught for the first out. Hunter Pence grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.
The Yankees went out weakly to end the game. Rivera now has a 2.15 ERA for the season.
Check out some video below of Rivera entering the game and reflecting afterwards.
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.