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The season-long farewell to Mariano Rivera,
Is it finally over?
I doubt it. There's bound to be some kind of farewell package during a World Series pregame show.
I think it has to do with the team's announced intention to henceforth abide by the salary cap rather than spend as much money as everyone knows it can. All arguments about "parity" and "the good of the game" aside, why shouldn't fans be turned off by an organization that doesn't want to try as hard as possible to be as good as it can be?
I YES available nationwide (Dish, etc.). 200K for a Yankee telecast seems puny.
And where the hell was the Frank Thomas farewell tour of 2008? He is considered the best DH of all time right? Same category as far as I'm concerned.
The reason we see few of these tours is because most guys don't announce at the beginning of the season that the coming season will be their last. Generally speaking, baseball announces your retirement for you.
This year's ratings on YES have to be bottom quartile of all MLB local TV ratings.
The reason we see few of these tours is because most guys don't announce at the beginning of the season that the coming season will be their last.
But "most" still leaves a lot of players who do announce their retirements before the fact.
Hardly anyone does.
Really? We just saw two on the same team who did so. And we have Helton. That's three just in this season alone.
President of Panama: "I am honored to announce that for all eternity our blessed canal will now be known as Mariano's Moat."
Mound dirt from both Comerica Park and Tiger Stadium, presented alongside pictures of Rivera pitching in each stadium.
Donation to Rivera’s foundation, presented in Rivera’s first-ever trip to Coors Field.
Kansas City Royals
Donation to Rivera’s foundation, presented by Royals Hall of Famer George Brett.
Gold record of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” — Rivera’s entrance music — from Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
New York Mets
New York Fire Department call box and mounted hose nozzle in a ceremony that included New York City Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano. Rivera also threw the ceremonial first pitch to former Mets closer John Franco.
Donation to Rivera’s foundation, presented by former Mariner’s standout Edgar Martinez, a career .625 hitter against Rivera.
Custom surfboard, engraved bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley and a check for $10,042 to Rivera’s foundation.
Los Angeles Angels
Six-foot painting of Rivera by noted artist Stephen Holland. The next day, fans were given certificates commemorating Rivera’s Major League debut and first big league save, each of which came against the Angels.
The Chair of Broken Dreams, a rocking chair made from broken bats of Twins players including Joe Mauer and Kirby Puckett. The Twins also donated to Rivera’s foundation.
Black cowboy hat and custom cowboy boots with Rivera’s No. 42, presented by Rangers closer Joe Nathan and former Yankees and Rangers closer John Wetteland, whom Rivera called a mentor.
Los Angeles Dodgers
Deep-sea fishing rod – Rivera’s father was a fisherman – and a donation to Rivera’s foundation, presented by a group including Dodgers partial owner Magic Johnson.
San Diego Padres
Set of beach cruiser bicycles for Rivera and his family presented by former Padres closer Trevor Hoffman, who had the all-time saves record before Rivera passed him.
Chicago White Sox
Framed scorecard from Rivera’s first appearance against the White Sox – eight scoreless innings on July 4, 1995 – and a collage of pictures from the Yankees’ 2001 trip to Chicago, their first games after the September 11 attacks.
Tampa Bay Rays
Sand sculpture of Rivera alongside the words “Enter Sandman.” The Rays also donated $3,150 to Rivera’s foundation, $50 for each of Rivera’s career saves against the Rays.
Bronze sculpture of a bat being broken by a pitch, along with a plaque noting that Rivera’s “numerous baseball records are surpassed only by his humility, respect and philanthropy.” It was presented by Baltimore manager Buck Showalter, who was Rivera’s first big league manager.
Boston Red Sox
Painting of Rivera at Fenway Park, a No. 42 from the stadium’s manual scoreboard, a Fenway seat with the No. 42, and the pitching rubber from the stadium’s visiting bullpen. Red Sox ownership also donated to Rivera’s foundation.
Toronto Blue Jays
A sculpture called Kiviuq’s Journey by noted Canadian artist David Ruben Piqtoukun, which depicts a fisherman hauling in an enormous fish. The Blue Jays also made a $10,000 donation to Rivera’s foundation.
San Francisco Giants
Watercolor painting from a San Francisco artist and a custom guitar that’s the same model used by Metallica lead guitarist Kirk Hammett, who’s a San Francisco native. Gifts were presented during the Yankee Stadium pregame ceremony. Metallica also presented Rivera a custom touring guitar speaker cabinet.
New York Yankees
Crystal replica of Rivera’s glove, framed replica of Rivera’s number and retired-number placard, baseball-bat rocking chair and a donation of $100,000 to the Mariano Rivera Foundation, all presented during a length and lavish pregame ceremony at Yankee Stadium attended by Rivera’s family, the Steinbrenner family, members of Jackie Robinson’s family and various former teammates including Jorge Posada, Paul O’Neill and Hideki Matsui.
Painting by a Texas artist who depicted memorable moments throughout Rivera’s career on a canvas that includes a raised No. 42. It was presented by a group that included both Joe Torre and Roger Clemens.
Since it has barely been covered at BBTF
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