New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has baffled Boston Red Sox batters throughout his illustrious career, but on Sunday he found a way to leave his mark at Fenway one final time.
The 43 year old pitcher has been in Major League Baseball for the better part of two decades. No stranger to Fenway or the Boston Red Sox, he has made more appearances at the historic ballpark than any road pitcher ever has.
In honor of his storied career the Boston Red Sox decided to pay tribute to his accomplishments before the game began. With the Boston Cello Quartet playing their version of his signature entrance music “Enter Sandman.” A video montage then played on the big screen, showing his failures against Boston in a joking manner.
The Red Sox then awarded him four gifts for his services at Fenway over the years according to ESPN “a painting of Rivera, the green “42” placard used on the Fenway Park scoreboard whenever he pitches, an original seat from the ballpark and a pitching rubber from the bullpen” were given to Rivera during the ceremony.
New York may have lost the game 9-2, however Rivera found a way to leave a lasting mark on the Red Sox and Fenway. He signed his name on the visiting bullpen wall. How’s that for a mark.
Good to see mutual sportsmanship between rivals, the Red Sox and Rivera have come to appreciate each other’s greatness over the years. A classy farewell.
Senior Sports Editor
The Guardian Express