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Thursday, April 11, 2013

WSJ: No, Really, Tell Me About You (Mariano Rivera’s farewell tour)

Mariano Rivera is…impossible to dislike.

CLEVELAND—It is two hours before the scheduled start of Wednesday night’s Yankees-Indians game, and baseball’s all-time saves leader is deep inside the bowels of Progressive Field, holding a marching band’s bass drum.

Mariano Rivera wants to know how the drum’s owner, John Adams, hits it when he’s really mad.

“When the Indians are supposed to score, and they don’t score, how do you hit it?” Rivera asks. [...]

When Rivera decided to retire, he announced that in each ballpark, he wanted to meet people behind the scenes —- employees or fans or people connected to the game who don’t get to tell their stories. He has spent a lifetime in the spotlight, the solitary figure in the middle of the mound. But as his baseball career enters his final months, Rivera has found pleasure in quiet moments with everyday people who perform the often thankless jobs of the baseball world.

RTFA.

Esoteric Posted: April 11, 2013 at 03:20 PM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: class, hall of fame, new york, yankees

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   1. He who brought the butter dish to Balshazar (CoB) Posted: April 11, 2013 at 07:56 PM (#4411226)
Good stuff.
   2. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: April 11, 2013 at 07:56 PM (#4411227)
Yanks at Cubs this year? no Woo-woo guy? I guess they bring him down to Comiskey. I'd like a transcript of that conversation.
   3. Ray (RDP) Posted: April 11, 2013 at 08:03 PM (#4411231)
Grown men - fans and media - worshipping a baseball player.

Okay.

I guess this goes hand in hand with demonizing them for DOING STEROIDZ....
   4. Bowling Baseball Fan Posted: April 11, 2013 at 08:06 PM (#4411237)
Dont inject personality in Rays baseball world. It goes against the android protocol. sheesh.....
   5. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 11, 2013 at 08:19 PM (#4411250)
I'm surprised that the fans in the seats near the Cleveland Drum Beater didn't kill him, or at least disable his drum, years ago. Perhaps you have to be there, but it seems as distasteful as the vuvuzela.
   6. Esoteric Posted: April 11, 2013 at 08:24 PM (#4411255)
Ray is an incredibly life-like simulation of a human being.
   7. SY Ruined School Lunches! Posted: April 11, 2013 at 08:31 PM (#4411261)
Grown man posting tens of thousands of times on a baseball forum, mostly about how stupid baseball fandom is

okay
   8. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: April 11, 2013 at 08:32 PM (#4411262)
I either worship or demonize every baseball player, but only through the last game of the regular season. Never in October.
   9. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 11, 2013 at 08:53 PM (#4411275)
Never saw him get worshiped.
   10. gef the talking mongoose Posted: April 11, 2013 at 09:03 PM (#4411282)
I'm surprised that the fans in the seats near the Cleveland Drum Beater didn't kill him, or at least disable his drum, years ago. Perhaps you have to be there, but it seems as distasteful as the vuvuzela.


True enough. I can only assume the man is clinically insane; perhaps they don't feel like interfering with this dubious form of self-medication. Otherwise, I guess he might become violent.
   11. Bruce Markusen Posted: April 11, 2013 at 10:32 PM (#4411333)
Ray, we must hear your thoughts on Jackie Robinson now. Do tell us how Jackie was not a civil right hero.

You are such a joy.
   12. He who brought the butter dish to Balshazar (CoB) Posted: April 11, 2013 at 10:49 PM (#4411346)
Jackie Robinson a hero???

Oh, don't have a moment of humour.

Ha, Ha.

Everyone knows that Robinson was just a publicity seeker that had some slight advanced understanding of White America's incipient guilt and leveraged that into a lifetime of fame and privilege.

The true heroes were those courageous white men and women who risked losing absolutely everything that they had by confronting the worst impulses of their fellow countrymen and remain, even to this day, horribly unsung in this story of how those people who thought they were entitled to a handout were given exactly what we decided they were entitled to receive in the end, out of the kindness of our hearts ...

Why, exactly, do you hate freedom?
   13. TribeGuy Posted: April 12, 2013 at 01:21 PM (#4411876)
I'm surprised that the fans in the seats near the Cleveland Drum Beater didn't kill him, or at least disable his drum, years ago. Perhaps you have to be there, but it seems as distasteful as the vuvuzela.


True enough. I can only assume the man is clinically insane; perhaps they don't feel like interfering with this dubious form of self-medication. Otherwise, I guess he might become violent.


John Adams is a Cleveland Indians institution. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Adams_(drummer)

He sits in the last row of the the LF bleachers and I would have to imagine everybody who has gone to more than a couple Indians' games has got to know that if you are sitting out there you are going to be pretty close to his drumming. In fact, I think some fans seek out those seats just so they can be a little more involved in his noise-making.

I've seen him at a couple events where the Indians have invited him to participate and he is a very nice, pleasant guy who lets young and old alike take swings at his old drum. I think he adds a unique, fan-driven aspect to the Progressive field experience. (As opposed to the Thunder-stix phenomenon in LA a few years ago, or scoreboard driven "make some noise" requests.)
   14. SG Posted: April 12, 2013 at 01:31 PM (#4411888)
I sat near Adams at a Yankees/Indians game at old Municipal Stadium back when both teams stunk and he seemed like a very nice guy. There were maybe 5,000 people in the entire place (which seated over 80,000). You pretty much had your pick of an exclusive section in the Stadium if you wanted it back then so I guess anyone sitting near him was doing it by choice.

It's far less annoying than you'd think it'd be actually.
   15. Ray (RDP) Posted: April 12, 2013 at 02:37 PM (#4412006)
Bait not taken. But thanks for the try.
   16. Blastin Posted: April 12, 2013 at 03:40 PM (#4412082)
I like the drum guy. But wasn't there a guy in Detroit? KC? Someplace? Who basically sang opera at the top of his lungs every game? I remember hearing him in the background on the radio and goofy fool Sterling was audibly irked, which was great.
   17. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: April 12, 2013 at 04:26 PM (#4412133)
I'm surprised that the fans in the seats near the Cleveland Drum Beater didn't kill him, or at least disable his drum, years ago.


He's well-known, but I believe he shows restraint and doesn't beat the drum all game long.

Pretty cool story about Mariano.
   18. Der-K: downgraded to lurker Posted: April 12, 2013 at 04:32 PM (#4412140)
This was a cool story.

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