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(Major League Baseball)   Mariano Rivera's final ovation at the Yankee Stadium. Even the most anti-Yankee Farkers need to bring their tissues   (wapc.mlb.com ) divider line
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2013-09-26 10:50:51 PM  
Definitely won't be the same without Mo. Sucks that he had to go out the way he did, with the injury and then a crappy season. Still, he's done a lot and while I'd love to see someone topple him, I don't think it'll happen. Not just in the stats, but in the importance that he's had and the following.
 
2013-09-26 10:58:34 PM  
Off to never never land
 
2013-09-26 11:08:12 PM  

violentsalvation: Off to never never land


Take my hand
 
2013-09-26 11:56:58 PM  
The man always was a class act.
 
2013-09-27 12:07:57 AM  
As a lifelong A's fan, I have no love for the Yankees. But that was touching.
 
2013-09-27 12:08:00 AM  

mr_a: The man always was a class act.


For real, and that's why even non Yankee fans can be kinda sad to see a legend leave. This guy is a fantastic person as well as a fantastic pitcher.
 
2013-09-27 12:09:13 AM  
Glad I had a chance to see him pitch. One of the all-time greats.
 
2013-09-27 12:33:38 AM  
Yeah that was cool, and I am far from a Yankees fan. Enjoy retirement Mariano, you were always a class act.
 
2013-09-27 01:01:03 AM  
At least he (personally) had a decent season, even if far from his best, to go out on.
Unlike some other retiring pitcher who probably should've stayed retired the first time.
Or a certain shortstop who will probably try to hobble his way through next season on a pegleg.

/next year is gonna be a trainwreck, teamwise
 
2013-09-27 01:04:23 AM  
First:

My god, Mo deserves every accolade he's getting.


Second:

We're seeing the end of Mo, Todd Helton and Paul Konerko's* careers.   That's some damn good careers there to end this season, some not as flashy as others.

*Assuming Konerko retires and I am.
 
2013-09-27 01:05:12 AM  
fark the yankees, but mo is good people.  nice career mo, enjoy retirement and cooperstown awaits you in five.
 
2013-09-27 01:07:46 AM  

Cagey B: Glad I had a chance to see him pitch. One of the all-time greats.


This
 
2013-09-27 01:08:20 AM  

Rustico: As a lifelong A's fan, I have no love for the Yankees. But that was touching.


This and this.

I rarely think that a closer should even be considered for the Hall of Fame. Mariano is the exception. We'll never see another one like him.
 
2013-09-27 01:17:23 AM  

Rustico: As a lifelong A's fan, I have no love for the Yankees. But that was touching.


Yep, I agree

/Ranger fan

//I was half way tempted to troll by posting a big Bosox logo here, but I couldn't bring myself to it
 
2013-09-27 01:18:08 AM  

marius2: Definitely won't be the same without Mo. Sucks that he had to go out the way he did, with the injury and then a crappy season. Still, he's done a lot and while I'd love to see someone topple him, I don't think it'll happen. Not just in the stats, but in the importance that he's had and the following.


The thing about the saves record is that he and Hoffman spent all that time chasing each other and there was nobody even within a galaxy of the two of them. The record could have ended up with either of them; Hoffman just happened to break down first.

And closers are notorious for blowing up after two, three seasons because they all feel like they have to throw triple-digit fireballs every single pitch. For a closer to get up to where they are, they would need to have a second, maybe even a third pitch to go to that preserves their arm, and they would have to be able to go to it often.

So we're losing Mo, Helton, Pettitte, Konerko got mentioned, we may even have to see about Roy Halladay if he decides his arm isn't gonna wake back up. And we don't even know who else might announce over the offseason or slip off a roster never to return. God, that is going to be a crowded damned ballot.
 
2013-09-27 01:25:12 AM  

Gosling: Roy Halladay


Yeah his breakdown has sucked to watch. His year with the perfect game and the a no-hitter in his first ever post-season game will always be awesome to me though.
 
2013-09-27 01:26:47 AM  
Nope. Not a Yankee fan, don't care about a guy who played 2 innings a game tops and blew a WS to Luis Farking Gonzalez.

Glad to see him go so we can focus on the great players that at least go 7 innings a game.
 
2013-09-27 01:31:01 AM  
What a sobbing little pussy--typical Yankee.

Just kidding.  That was really touching.  I dislike the Yankees as much as any other good American does, but have always had tremendous respect for Mo Rivera,both as a player and a person.  It's sad to see him go.

Obviously, a first-ballot HOFer.
 
2013-09-27 01:32:11 AM  
Wonderful, magical, utterly perfect moment.
 
2013-09-27 01:33:23 AM  

Gosling: And closers are notorious for blowing up after two, three seasons because they all feel like they have to throw triple-digit fireballs every single pitch. For a closer to get up to where they are, they would need to have a second, maybe even a third pitch to go to that preserves their arm, and they would have to be able to go to it often.


That's part of what's amazing about it. Most closers rely on a four-seamer, occasionally mixing something else in as a distraction. With Mariano, the four-seamer WAS the distraction, since 98% of the time he threw that damn cutter.
 
2013-09-27 01:51:57 AM  
I'm just annoyed that so many players that have meant more to the game have never received this kind of send-off across the league.

Is this going to be a trend? Jeter meant much more to the Yankees, is he going to receive MORE of a send-off when he retires? Or do people only care this much because Mariano is still pretty freaking good?
 
2013-09-27 01:58:22 AM  
"How's this for drama?"

5 bucks says they either killed his mic or the color guy elbowed him in the ribs.
 
2013-09-27 02:03:12 AM  

Rustico: As a lifelong A's fan, I have no love for the Yankees. But that was touching.


Sox fan here.. and I have no love for the pinstripes or that nasty-ass cutter, but that man was a damned fine ballplayer, and I am completely unable to say anything bad about him.
 
2013-09-27 02:10:36 AM  

puffy999: I'm just annoyed that so many players that have meant more to the game have never received this kind of send-off across the league.

Is this going to be a trend? Jeter meant much more to the Yankees, is he going to receive MORE of a send-off when he retires? Or do people only care this much because Mariano is still pretty freaking good?


Its a combination of him being such a good person and the absolute best ever at what he did. You don't have to be a Yankee fan, which I am not, to appreciate what Mo has accomplished in his career. He is one of the main reasons why the Yankees were so successful. When you have the ability to, essentially, make a Major League game 8 innings long you're a major cog in the machine.

Enjoy your retirement Mo. You've done great things on the field. Now continue to do great things off the field.
 
2013-09-27 02:16:45 AM  
Meh
 
2013-09-27 02:17:47 AM  

Flappyhead: "How's this for drama?"

5 bucks says they either killed his mic or the color guy elbowed him in the ribs.


I'm pretty sure anyone who's ever been in the YES booth has thought about just flat out decking Michael Kay at least once.
 
2013-09-27 02:25:28 AM  

The Bestest: Flappyhead: "How's this for drama?"

5 bucks says they either killed his mic or the color guy elbowed him in the ribs.

I'm pretty sure anyone who's ever been in the YES booth has thought about just flat out decking Michael Kay at least once.


I can only imagine (and hopefully will never hear) what Sterling and Waldman were up to during this clip.

Worst. Just.. the worst.

//thank you mo
 
2013-09-27 02:33:54 AM  
Yeah but where was he on 9/11?
 
2013-09-27 04:34:16 AM  

JSam21: When you have the ability to, essentially, make a Major League game 8 innings long you're a major cog in the machine.


Rick Ankiel could do that... but not in the same way. ;)
 
2013-09-27 04:54:37 AM  

puffy999: JSam21: When you have the ability to, essentially, make a Major League game 8 innings long you're a major cog in the machine.

Rick Ankiel could do that... but not in the same way. ;)


Ankiel was so weird. The rise and sudden meltdown that really happened twice in his career were just amazing. I still think he stopped doing something, probably coke, to cause his pitching meltdown in the play offs against Atlanta.
 
2013-09-27 05:01:59 AM  
Hate the Yankees with passion but the Sandman, he's been so freaking good with basically one pitch.  What a pitch, and what control . . .
 
2013-09-27 05:46:42 AM  
Goddammit, it got dusty in here.
 
2013-09-27 05:53:04 AM  
"For one night, I'll let it slide."

www.moviesera.com
 
2013-09-27 06:55:39 AM  
I remember seeing Rivera when he started games, and was then the set-up man for John Wetteland. Good guy.
 
2013-09-27 07:01:41 AM  

JSam21: When you have the ability to, essentially, make a Major League game 8 innings long you're a major cog in the machine.


Big farking deal. Phil Hughes spent this year making games just THREE innings long.
 
2013-09-27 07:33:03 AM  
Even as a Red Sox fan, it's tough seeing the greatest closer of all time go out.  Makes you wonder how the hell the Red Sox managed to get him to blow so many saves over the years.

I thought after seeing Eckersley in his prime that there couldn't be a more dominant closer.  Rivera was not only more dominant, but he was at that level (or close to it) for over 15 years.
 
2013-09-27 07:33:29 AM  
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2013-09-27 07:43:36 AM  
If you think this isn't a big deal, look at the demand for Astros tickets for his last game in uniform. There will be more people at the stadium that day than for most homestands this year.
 
2013-09-27 07:52:09 AM  

EvilMonkeyBoy: Nope. Not a Yankee fan, don't care about a guy who played 2 innings a game tops and blew a WS to Luis Farking Gonzalez.

Glad to see him go so we can focus on the great players that at least go 7 innings a game.


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2013-09-27 07:53:21 AM  
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2013-09-27 07:57:18 AM  
"In another reality.... he would have been the greatest Red Sox player."
 
2013-09-27 08:06:59 AM  
It's going to suck when his name is on all the steroids lists
 
2013-09-27 08:10:44 AM  
I'm torn between, "Goodnight, Sandman," and "Exit Sandman."
 
2013-09-27 08:12:08 AM  

Lost Thought 00: It's going to suck when his name is on all the steroids lists


In thinking A-Rod went in for a hug, pulled him close, and whispered in his ear, "Hey, you know, if you want to go another few years, I can give my guy's number."
 
2013-09-27 08:16:57 AM  

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Gonzo was juiced out of his balls and the infield was in too tight. It sure would have been nice to win that series but I remember thinking by around game 2 or 3 that it was unlikely.

I am sure Mo is devastated that he only has 5 rings and not 7.
 
2013-09-27 08:26:26 AM  

Yes please: If you think this isn't a big deal, look at the demand for Astros tickets for his last game in uniform. There will be more people at the stadium that day than for most homestands this year.


There's talk he'll play outfield on Sunday. Apparently he's always dreamed of playing in the outfield, so thinking is, last game of his career, last game of the season, Girardi may just send him out there for an inning.
 
2013-09-27 08:33:31 AM  
Who?
 
2013-09-27 08:35:01 AM  

WhyteRaven74: Yes please: If you think this isn't a big deal, look at the demand for Astros tickets for his last game in uniform. There will be more people at the stadium that day than for most homestands this year.

There's talk he'll play outfield on Sunday. Apparently he's always dreamed of playing in the outfield, so thinking is, last game of his career, last game of the season, Girardi may just send him out there for an inning.


I dunno, I think we all remember what happened the last time he tried to catch a ball in the outfield...
 
2013-09-27 08:37:31 AM  
That was pretty amazing. Good night, Sandman. The game and us fans will miss you.

/Tigers fan
 
2013-09-27 08:39:11 AM  
In any other smaller media market, the same guy with the same career could retire, and nobody'd give a shiat.
 
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