Virtual Mariano Rivera's quest for a complete game: A surprisingly gripping account of one man's attempt to get Rivera through nine innings in MLB 13: The Show. [Broken Leagues]
It was perfect. I mean, it was all wrong: the Yankees were losing, and the Yankees weren't playing for anything, and he came on in the middle of an inning, and left before the job was done, but maybe all of it is what made everything right. Maybe the complete unreality of the night made the whole thing, down to the…
Tonight marked the last time Mariano Rivera would throw a pitch at Yankee Stadium. With the Yankees trailing 4-0 against the Rays, Rivera retired four batters over the eighth and ninth innings. When Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte came to the mound to take Rivera out, it turned into one of those timeless baseball…
Tonight will be Mariano Rivera's final home game, a meaningless one since the Yankees were officially eliminated from postseason play last night. It'll be just the second time in his 19-year career that Rivera won't pitch into October. So today's the day for tributes.
It is Mariano Rivera bobblehead giveaway night, and the Yankees do not have any Mariano Rivera bobbleheads to give away.
It's looking pretty likely that Mariano Rivera, the greatest closer and one-pitch pitcher in MLB history, will play his last game this Sunday. He holds the saves record at 652, but this only scratches the surface of his statistical dominance. His 2.21 ERA translates to a park- and era-adjusted ERA+ of 205, which is…
In a pregame ceremony, Metallica performed "Enter Sandman" to honor Mariano Rivera as he walked onto the field from the bullpen. Rivera's final regular-season game at Yankee Stadium will be Thursday, but the Yankees retired his number today.
Throughout his farewell season, Mariano Rivera has been honored by visiting teams with gifts and small ceremonies celebrating his storied career. The Twins gave him a chair made of broken bats. The White Sox gave him framed scorecards from notable appearances. The Red Sox? They made sure to celebrate their 2004…
In the same game that brought you this bibelot, Mariano Rivera entered the ninth inning with the Yankees up one run. He retired the Orioles 1-2-3. He did not get the save—but he did get a win. Huh?
That time Mariano Rivera had some fun by tossing a baseball from the field through one of the arches atop the old Busch Stadium. [Aaron Miles' Fastball]
For all its aggressive pointlessness, the All-Star Game can do ceremony like none other. Last night was maybe the best example of that since 1999, when baseball's All-Century Team took the field at Fenway: Mariano Rivera, with just a few more months left in his singular career, had the field all to himself.
Some strange things happened at tonight's All-Star Game in New York. A Kansas City player got a hit, for one. (The last Royal to do that was Bo Jackson.) Yankees closer Mariano Rivera entered the game in a save situation, but didn't earn the save. The weirdest parts, though? That Prince Fielder hit a triple, and Tim…
Another day, another record for Mariano Rivera. He's the MLB career leader in saves, so naturally every one breaks that record, ho-hum. Friday*, though, he also passed Trevor Hoffman's mark for career 30-save seasons, with his 15th, and he's still going to retire at the end of this season. Which sucks.
I'd say it's like a more splintery Iron Throne, if Game of Thrones references on sports blogs weren't now punishable by death. [NYDN]
Aw, crap. It was me.
Buster Olney has a fun little Mariano Rivera story from former outfielder and current V.P. of baseball operations for Baltimore, Brady Anderson.
A prank caller, "Joe," phoned into the FAN on Friday to talk Yankees baseball with radio host Mike Francesa. His question: What if the Yankees moved closer Mariano Rivera to first base?