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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Yankees to honor Rivera with jersey and cap patches

Beginning with Sunday’s game against the Giants, the Yankees will wear “Mariano Rivera Final Season” patches on the left sleeves of their jerseys and on their caps. They will also wear the patches during their three-game series with the Rays that will run Tuesday through Thursday.

The patch features a photo of Rivera jogging out of the bullpen, showing the No. 42 on his back. It also has his name and the years he’s been in the big leagues (1995-2013) embroidered on it.

Isn’t this a bit much after that other uniform stunt earlier this year when all the Yankees wore jerseys with Rivera’s number?

Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: September 21, 2013 at 11:20 PM | 72 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. boteman Posted: September 21, 2013 at 11:53 PM (#4547461)
The news release continued: "Fans will be issued barf bags when entering at all gates."
   2. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: September 22, 2013 at 12:28 AM (#4547466)
Seriously. I can't wait for him to go the #### away.
   3. frannyzoo Posted: September 22, 2013 at 12:37 AM (#4547468)
Cal Ripken's streak set the bar for such things. This is getting damn close to that vomit-encrusted bar.
   4. Monty Predicts a Padres-Mariners WS in 2016 Posted: September 22, 2013 at 12:48 AM (#4547470)
Finally, Mariano Rivera gets some recognition.
   5. President of the David Eckstein Fan Club Posted: September 22, 2013 at 12:52 AM (#4547471)
Rivera is retiring?
   6. Athletic Supporter can feel the slow rot Posted: September 22, 2013 at 03:28 AM (#4547495)
Rivera wears #42? Has he no respect for Jackie Robinson?
   7. PreservedFish Posted: September 22, 2013 at 03:37 AM (#4547496)
The players should all get neck tattoos in his honor.
   8. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: September 22, 2013 at 08:21 AM (#4547507)
Dear losers, your responses have been anticipated and rebutted.
   9. bobm Posted: September 22, 2013 at 08:46 AM (#4547516)
Meanwhile, the "Andy Pettitte Final Season" patch features a photo of Pettitte running with Roger Clemens and Brian McNamee, misremembering their conversation.
   10. AndrewJ Posted: September 22, 2013 at 08:53 AM (#4547521)
The last sports figure I remember being lionized like this while still active was Joe Paterno. I'm not suggesting Rivera has any skeletons like JoePa's in his closet, but let's ease up on the canonization.
   11. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: September 22, 2013 at 09:02 AM (#4547527)
Some people are only happy if they can complain about something that doesn't affect them.
   12. bunyon Posted: September 22, 2013 at 09:10 AM (#4547528)
I agree with Larry and YR to a point. Rivera has been an iconic, if overrated (mostly due to overrating of his position) player in the biggest market on a bunch of champions for nearly 20 seasons. During that time he's carried himself with dignity and class without being arrogant or distant. I'm all for honoring such players.

The season long asskissing though, along with tributes from opponents, is over the top. Give him a standing O on the road and get on with it. Keep the festivities at home to the last series. But that isn't the moderng PR way. It cheapens things that are otherwise excellent.

FWIW, I felt the same way about Chipper and I've been a fan of his his entire career. It was too much.


No way to do it, but it would be nice if, once you indicated you planned to retire, that was it, you couldn't step on the field again. Mo (and any player) should simply announce before the last homestand that he's done. Not in spring training. A small fault in an otherwise exemplary career.
   13. boteman Posted: September 22, 2013 at 09:38 AM (#4547534)
During that time he's carried himself with dignity and class without being arrogant or distant.

I find this to be the most remarkable. That he could maintain his dignity amongst all the ass-kissers and slick-haired frat boy PR types is what impresses me even more than his on-field accomplishments. Honor the guy, sure, but I agree that this year-long tour is too much. I suppose it's to be expected from his own team, however.

Now, if he walked into a bar and sat down to watch a baseball game next to me I'd buy him a beer. Heck, I'd buy him all the rounds he could drink, he just seems like he would be an affable guy in person.

Which reminds me of a joke: Mariano Rivera walks into a bar...
   14. The District Attorney Posted: September 22, 2013 at 10:13 AM (#4547549)
Agreed that Mariano seems like a genuinely exceptional person. (Does he drink, though? He's very religious.)

I think the whole thing is an interesting example of how a "craze" can get started and fueled. If the All-Star Game hadn't been in NYC, if there had been some other narrative going into the ASG that Fox preferred to focus on, if Buck/McCarver hadn't called a million Yankee postseason games, if Mariano wasn't a robot who pitched well both in that game and in general this year (unlike e.g. Ripken), if the Yankees hadn't suffered so many injuries and were on the way to the playoffs... just everything seems to be breaking right for this thing to keep going.

Still, again, at least he's a really nice guy. And I assume someone is making money off it, so, y'know, they're gonna do it. It is funny, though, that praise for the Yankees usually focuses on how understated the organization is (no names on uniforms, old-fashioned PA announcer and game presentation, wouldn't jump in the D-Backs pool, etc.), and yet they do this.
   15. TVerik, the gum-snappin' hairdresser Posted: September 22, 2013 at 11:34 AM (#4547580)
You missed a few, DA:

He pitched his entire career for one organization
He essentially missed last year, which would have been his last (I don't remember how official that was before he got hurt)

I don't know if they'd do this for an itinerant superstar, even one with the length of career and general excellence of Mariano.

It'll be interesting how Ortiz goes out with the Red Sox. If there's a farewell tour, how do the Twins handle it?
   16. SoSH U at work Posted: September 22, 2013 at 11:45 AM (#4547585)
It'll be interesting how Ortiz goes out with the Red Sox.


That's assuming he retires as a member of the Red Sox. Or that he announces his retirement early in his final season. Neither of those are likely.
   17. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: September 22, 2013 at 11:59 AM (#4547593)
Yankees to honor Rivera with jersey and cap patches


What about the hand- & blowjobs?

Though I guess those have been provided all year. The last several, actually.
   18. Publius Publicola Posted: September 22, 2013 at 12:01 PM (#4547594)
What about the hand- & blowjobs?


That's an awful lot of gift baskets, don't you think?
   19. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: September 22, 2013 at 12:28 PM (#4547616)
Apparently Metallica will play "Enter Sandman" live at the stadium, which is awesome.
   20. Ray (RDP) Posted: September 22, 2013 at 12:29 PM (#4547617)
Even Mike Francesa of WFAN, a huge Yankee fan and Rivera fan, has sounded the alarm on this nonsense, saying that it has gone over the top. Francesa says the Yankees and Rivera are selling some 130 pieces of memorabilia specially created for this. So they are not "game-used" items that Rivera is donating. But specially created items that they are selling.

   21. BDC Posted: September 22, 2013 at 12:31 PM (#4547620)
Francesa says the Yankees and Rivera are selling some 130 pieces of memorabilia specially created for this. So they are not "game-used" items that Rivera is donating. But specially created items that they are selling

Wanna organize a boycott? :)
   22. Canker Soriano Posted: September 22, 2013 at 12:39 PM (#4547623)
That's an awful lot of gift baskets, don't you think?

Geez, can you imagine when Jeter retires?

1. Baseball will now be known as Jeterball
2. Instead of patches, players on all teams will wear Jeter masks for the whole season
3. Jeter will be given a HR every time he comes to the plate, so that he and not Bonds can be the all-time HR king
4. Any player that hits a ground ball to either side of Jeter that he can't reach will receive a 50 game suspension for the first GB, 100 for the second
5. Whenever Jeter isn't on the field, the announcers will keep asking "Where's Jeter?"
   23. Ray (RDP) Posted: September 22, 2013 at 12:45 PM (#4547629)
I find this to be the most remarkable. That he could maintain his dignity amongst all the ass-kissers and slick-haired frat boy PR types is what impresses me even more than his on-field accomplishments.


Except that the media and general public have very little idea what goes on in his personal life or what "kind of a person" he really is -- as with anyone. Sure, he seems like someone without skeletons in his closet. So did Tiger Woods and Joe Paterno and Andy Pettitte and Elliot Spitzer, and and on and on and on. It's naïve of adults to believe in someone they don't know. Hell, it's easy enough to get fooled believing in someone you _do_ know.
   24. Ray (RDP) Posted: September 22, 2013 at 01:22 PM (#4547651)
ESPN box score of today's Yankees game:

"THE START OF THE GAME IS BEING DELAYED DUE TO CEREMONIES."
   25. Monty Predicts a Padres-Mariners WS in 2016 Posted: September 22, 2013 at 01:27 PM (#4547655)
Some people are only happy if they can complain about something that doesn't affect them.


The best part is that it's hard for you to complain about it without being a hypocrite. The complainers get off scot-free!
   26. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 22, 2013 at 01:32 PM (#4547660)
Lots of petty people on this thread. Dissing how the Yankees commemorate the last regular season game of a franchise icon? Lou Gehrig's farewell was probably overdone, too, by that "logic".
   27. Ray (RDP) Posted: September 22, 2013 at 02:06 PM (#4547678)
#26 commemorating the last regular season game of this icon would be fine, standing alone. Rivera has now spent the entire season taking bows.
   28. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 22, 2013 at 02:17 PM (#4547683)
Oh boo hoo. Other MLB teams had the nerve to honor Rivera, too? What petty nonsense.
   29. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: September 22, 2013 at 02:57 PM (#4547707)
Apparently Metallica will play "Enter Sandman" live at the stadium, which is awesome.

I thought this was a joke until one of the few Yankees fans on my FB page posted how awesome it was too.

So why hasn't Metallica been following Rivera on tour in order to suitably introduce such an icon in this, his final season? Jerks.
   30. bunyon Posted: September 22, 2013 at 03:53 PM (#4547728)
Point taken, Ray. But I think it's worth believing people are what they seem until proven otherwise. You can have a lot more confidence, obviously, in people you've met. But if we assume everyone is a sociopath, it's hard to get through the day.
   31. JRVJ Posted: September 22, 2013 at 03:57 PM (#4547730)
This thread shows the miserliness of some BTFers.

You can choose to like or not like Mariano. But MLB is an entertainment business, and hosannas for Mariano sell (as pointed out by DA in 14). And if anybody has deserved it, it's him.

Plus the best thing of his farewell tour has been the most discrete: his private time with long time employees of each and every franchise he has visited. We know it's happened, but no further details have leaked out, which is pretty darned impressive.
   32. Captain Supporter Posted: September 22, 2013 at 04:06 PM (#4547731)
Mariano continues to handle himself with dignity and grace. BTFer's? Well, lets just say that I think JRVJ has it exactly right.
   33. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: September 22, 2013 at 04:23 PM (#4547741)
Mariano continues to handle himself with dignity and grace. BTFer's? Well, lets just say that I think JRVJ has it exactly right.


Great player, but I for one have no interest in handling him, with or without dignity & grace. The fact that others here & elsewhere, evidently including you, apparently are very interested in handling him strikes me as rather fascinating.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.
   34. Howie Menckel Posted: September 22, 2013 at 04:48 PM (#4547756)
The ceremony was, as is the Yankees way, endless and self-congratulatory and pompous and overbearing, in general. One of the last introductions - after BWilliams, Posada, Torre, Matsui, even Jeff Nelson - was for memorabilia guy Brandon Steiner to thank him for "sponsoring today's activities." They forgot to mention the 1 800 number to call for Rivera tchochkes.

That said, Rivera rose above it all with his typical grace - as did the angelic Rachel Robinson and her daughter.

Forget all the nonsense. Rivera being the last retiring player to wear No. 42, and the miracle that still gives us Jackie's 91-year-old widow - she looks closer to 65 than 91 - is to be treasured. There was a moment today near the mound, toward the end of the ceremony, where Rivera and Rachel embrace. He then gently kissed her forehead.

If you have snark for the history involved in that moment, I take pity on your soul.

   35. The District Attorney Posted: September 22, 2013 at 05:22 PM (#4547815)
32. Captain Supporter Posted: September 22, 2013 at 04:06 PM (#4547731)
Oh, Jesus Christ, another one of these accounts? Fantastic.

the best thing of his farewell tour has been the most discrete: his private time with long time employees of each and every franchise he has visited. We know it's happened, but no further details have leaked out, which is pretty darned impressive.
The ceremony was, as is the Yankees way, endless and self-congratulatory and pompous and overbearing, in general... That said, Rivera rose above it all with his typical grace
Agreed.
   36. Ray (RDP) Posted: September 22, 2013 at 05:54 PM (#4547834)
Plus the best thing of his farewell tour has been the most discrete: his private time with long time employees of each and every franchise he has visited. We know it's happened, but no further details have leaked out, which is pretty darned impressive.


You mean "discreet," and no it hasn't been, as evidenced by the fact that we knew this was going to take place before it happened. It was one of the things Rivera was being trumpeted for. We have known about it for months. We have seen it reported on for months.
   37. Ray (RDP) Posted: September 22, 2013 at 05:56 PM (#4547836)
Can anyone explain why Bernie Williams is not considered one of this "Core Four," or why it wasn't "Core Five"? Is it because five doesn't rhyme with core?

Because Bernie is a near HOFer, was there for the dynasty run, and isn't the only one of the five who left in mid-career.
   38. SoSH U at work Posted: September 22, 2013 at 06:00 PM (#4547837)
Can anyone explain why Bernie Williams is not considered one of this "Core Four," or why it wasn't "Core Five"? Is it because five doesn't rhyme with core?


I'm guessing because he was the only one who wasn't around for the fifth title, though I tnd to agree that if you're talking about some kind of foundation of homegrown players during the Yankee run of excellence, he's in it.

Oh, and yes, because it doesn't rhyme.




You mean "discreet," and no it hasn't been, as evidenced by the fact that we knew this was going to take place before it happened. It was one of the things Rivera was being trumpeted for. We have known about it for months. We have seen it reported on for months.


You knew it was going to happen before he even went on it? Wow. The first I head was when he met the drum guy in May in Cleveland.
   39. TVerik, the gum-snappin' hairdresser Posted: September 22, 2013 at 06:00 PM (#4547838)
I don't think "Core Four" became a thing until Bernie was retired.

Also, Bernie had several part-time years at the end of his career; even if "Core Four" were happening by then, you don't give that title to a backup outfielder.
   40. TVerik, the gum-snappin' hairdresser Posted: September 22, 2013 at 06:02 PM (#4547839)
some kind of foundation of homegrown players during the Yankee run of excellence, he's in it.


Neither of these guys is homegrown, but I think that Tino and O'Neill are in this club as well. And they're generally acknowledged for it.
   41. Publius Publicola Posted: September 22, 2013 at 06:30 PM (#4547848)
The best part of this thread is the diaper wetting by The Bronx Gonorrhea because a few posters are having jocular fun at the expense of the always preposterously pompous Steinbrenner pere and fils regime.
   42. Monty Predicts a Padres-Mariners WS in 2016 Posted: September 22, 2013 at 06:33 PM (#4547850)
Forget all the nonsense.


The nonsense is the fun part! Sure, Rivera is a great guy and a fantastic player and the Yankees are very fond of him and are glad he played for them all those years. But everybody already knows all that. The celebrations of him, however, are going over the top, and therefore it's fun to gently mock them. I think it's weird that the Yankee fans are so defensive about this; it's the same mockery that Chipper got last year. Or the Marlins' outfield display got.
   43. Howie Menckel Posted: September 22, 2013 at 06:36 PM (#4547855)

Um, I'm a Mets fan, if that helps.

Rachel Robinson - nothing?
   44. Publius Publicola Posted: September 22, 2013 at 06:43 PM (#4547858)
I think it's weird that the Yankee fans are so defensive about this;


They've just been given their marching orders by Yankees officials. On the Red Sox tribute:

“It looked like more of a tribute to the 2004 Red Sox than to Mariano,” said one Yankees scribe.

“Did you think they rubbed in 2004 a little bit too much?” asked one Yankees official.


It will be interesting how the Yankees respond if/when Ortiz retires and has a Stadium tribute.

   45. Athletic Supporter can feel the slow rot Posted: September 22, 2013 at 06:44 PM (#4547860)
The nonsense is the fun part! Sure, Rivera is a great guy and a fantastic player and the Yankees are very fond of him and are glad he played for them all those years. But everybody already knows all that. The celebrations of him, however, are going over the top, and therefore it's fun to gently mock them. I think it's weird that the Yankee fans are so defensive about this; it's the same mockery that Chipper got last year. Or the Marlins' outfield display got.


Yeah, nobody really cares, just like nobody is actually bothered by Jeter's gift baskets or even A-Centaur. They're just such obvious targets for jokes and snark (like the other things mentioned above), and after all, in the end, that is what BTF is all about.
   46. Publius Publicola Posted: September 22, 2013 at 06:50 PM (#4547864)
was for memorabilia guy Brandon Steiner to thank him for "sponsoring today's activities.


Obviously a pseudonym.
   47. Ray (RDP) Posted: September 22, 2013 at 07:30 PM (#4547878)
The ceremony was fine, from what I saw of it. Nothing to criticize there. These things are all kind of over the top. It was nice to see Jeter escort Rivera's wife and kids onto the field.

The ceremony wasn't the problem; it was a season full of bows and celebrations and Rivera accepting gifts and congratulations everywhere he went. It was worse than the Oscars, and I always thought that the Oscars set the bar for how far people were willing to go to accept congratulations and praise for doing things other than curing cancer. But at least the Oscars is only one night.

It's kind of sad to see Rivera engage in this, in a way; it's sad to find out at the end that he was as full of himself all the way through as Yankees fans were about him all along.
   48. gehrig97 Posted: September 22, 2013 at 07:58 PM (#4547891)
Metallica playing him onto the field was simply fantastic.
   49. Cblau Posted: September 22, 2013 at 08:01 PM (#4547892)
Following the season, they'll be burying him in Monument Park, right next to Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.
   50. Baldrick Posted: September 22, 2013 at 08:05 PM (#4547893)
I am all for a little gentle humor at just how far these celebrations are being taken. I have participated in that myself! But the genuine anger expressed in this thread is...weird.

Mariano is great. He's classy. Sure this stuff is a little over the top but it's about #1000 on the list of things that could be improved about baseball. Chill out.
   51. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: September 22, 2013 at 08:22 PM (#4547901)
Yeah, nobody really cares, just like nobody is actually bothered by Jeter's gift baskets or even A-Centaur. They're just such obvious targets for jokes and snark


Eh, I'm pretty sure I got it right the first time
   52. bobm Posted: September 22, 2013 at 08:32 PM (#4547905)
memorabilia guy  Brandon Steiner to thank him for "sponsoring today's activities.

Obviously a pseudonym.


It is an anagram of "Steinbrennor ad"
   53. Ray (RDP) Posted: September 22, 2013 at 08:56 PM (#4547919)
Rivera today: "To my parents, thank you for having me... I guarantee it was a great day or a great night, I don't know what it was, but it was great because you made a good one."

It does take some ego to say that. Though I thought it was a good speech.

   54. Baldrick Posted: September 22, 2013 at 09:05 PM (#4547923)
Yes, the speech just drips of ego. Particularly when he said:
“Thank you very much. I would like to start thanking – I love you too, guys – I would like to start thanking my Good Lord, because he has made this possible. Without him, I couldn’t be here. Thank you, Lord for this."

And:
“I also would like to thank my beautiful wife, Clara, for the love and the patience – a lot of patience – and the kindness and support you have given me for all these years. I do appreciate that. Thank you."

What a jerk! And how about when he acted like he was above all the other players:
“To my teammates, past and present, I appreciate you guys. The Lord has blessed me with a big family and all these men have been part of my family. I thank you – every one if you guys individually – for what you have meant to me. I love you guys. You are special to me and my family."

And the way he expresses contempt for the fans:
“To you fans, thank you for 19 years of support. It has been a great run, guys. You guys have been amazing, you always have been here for me and for the organization. I will never forget that. You guys will have part of my heart here in New York. You have taken me in like one of you guys and I do appreciate that."

It was also just terrible how he talked about his admiration for Jackie Robinson, and for America. Disgusting, really.
   55. Ray (RDP) Posted: September 22, 2013 at 09:07 PM (#4547924)
Yes, the speech just drips of ego.


I didn't say the speech did. I said that one statement did.

Reading is fundamental.
   56. bunyon Posted: September 22, 2013 at 09:23 PM (#4547936)
Eh. I don't think so. It's a speech at an event honoring him. He can't very well say he sucks. He acknowledges, as everyone is, that he'd good but in the phrase he gives the credit to his parents.
   57. JRVJ Posted: September 22, 2013 at 09:27 PM (#4547939)
Mariano also made some very nice comments in Spanish towards Panama and Panamanians, which have been very well received here (as per my TL).
   58. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: September 22, 2013 at 09:36 PM (#4547942)
It was worse than the Oscars,

But was it worse than the Ecko ball?
   59. Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: September 22, 2013 at 11:19 PM (#4547975)
It was nice to see Jeter escort Rivera's wife

Think she's getting a gift basket delivery tomorrow?
   60. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: September 23, 2013 at 06:47 AM (#4548008)
Hey, the older the berry the sweeter the juice.
   61. Lars6788 Posted: September 23, 2013 at 08:01 AM (#4548024)
Was Ruben Rivera around? Did he try to steal anything?
   62. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: September 23, 2013 at 08:44 AM (#4548047)
I didn't say the speech did. I said that one statement did.

ReadingTrolling is fundamental.


And when it comes to trolling fundamentals, you never miss a cutoff man.
   63. bunyon Posted: September 23, 2013 at 09:48 AM (#4548086)
It isn't often you see the losing pitcher get a standing O immediately after putting what would become the winning run on base.
   64. tfbg9 Posted: September 23, 2013 at 10:06 AM (#4548101)
The Yeskees having Steiner mentioned is a deeper insult to Mo than all the snark in this thread X 100.

I thought Rivera did a good job.
   65. TVerik, the gum-snappin' hairdresser Posted: September 23, 2013 at 10:25 AM (#4548124)
I have it on good authority that Marino said to James Hetfield:

"Now play the old stuff! Seek and Destroy!"
   66. Ray (RDP) Posted: September 23, 2013 at 10:44 AM (#4548147)
The Yeskees having Steiner mentioned is a deeper insult to Mo than all the snark in this thread X 100.


Except that Rivera signed on to all of this Steiner stuff.

   67. Nasty Nate Posted: September 23, 2013 at 11:09 AM (#4548183)
People here often complain that the powers-that-be in baseball go overboard in running down and disparaging the star players. It seems like going a little overboard in the opposite direction would be welcomed. Sure, give a little snark because it has snowballed into extravagance, but overall it's probably a positive thing.
   68. Nasty Nate Posted: September 23, 2013 at 11:12 AM (#4548189)
//// Yesterday the Red Sox unveiled a statue of Yaz outside Fenway. He allowed it to happen! What arrogance!
   69. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: September 23, 2013 at 11:15 AM (#4548193)
I have it on good authority that Marino said to James Hetfield:


Dan Marino was there as well? Good grief. What about Gordie Howe? Carl Lewis? Jerry West? Pele?
   70. Ray (RDP) Posted: September 23, 2013 at 11:20 AM (#4548197)
I understand that Girardi was unable to use Rivera in a game last week because Rivera's back hurt from taking so many bows over the past six months.
   71. Ron J2 Posted: September 23, 2013 at 11:20 AM (#4548198)
#69 Howe is getting ready for the hockey season and wasn't available.
   72. if nature called, ladodger34 would listen Posted: September 23, 2013 at 11:55 AM (#4548234)
Wow, there are some people that need to lighten the #### up around here.

Sometimes I think that threads like this need Robert Creamer to lighten them up a bit:

"It's fun, that's what it is, it's fun. Baseball is more fun than anything else. You can watch it and just love it and enjoy it. I don't think that there's anything tremendously philosophical about it. I don't think there's anything metaphysical I just think its so much fun to watch." - Robert Creamer in Ken Burns "Baseball" Inning One.

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