The Boston Red Sox were the latest team to wish the best for New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, who is retiring at the end of the season. The presents Rivera received from the Yankees admirable foes were very well thought out: a portrait of Rivera, a number 42 from the scoreboard and some visitor bullpen rubber (there was also the poem for Rivera but that wasn’t an official gift). However, what was a joyous occasion took a slightly awkward and controversial turn Sunday night, when the Red Sox posted a video for Rivera on the scoreboard, showing him at his worst during the 2004 ALCS series, a series the Red Sox would later go on and win.
Mariano Rivera is too classy and too polite to say anything, so of course he said it was a beautiful ceremony, even when he was asked about the video. Manager Joe Girardi felt a little differently. The media asked Girardi what he thought about the video but Girardi avoided the question by saying that he loved Rivera’s gifts.
Yankees fans had mixed reactions about the subject, ranging from a classless act by the Red Sox to the Red Sox making a bad attempt at a joke. Here were some of the Twitter responses:
@dfiregirl4 I think we all knew it was coming, and he handled it exactly as he handles all things: with class. I’ve no issue with it.
— Seth D (@The_Hockey_Prof) September 17, 2013
@dfiregirl4 Expected and prob done before the official start of the ceremony on purpose. Sometimes a Roast is just as meaningful as a toast.
— Can I Pettitte? (@CANiPETTITTE) September 17, 2013
@dfiregirl4 it was a fail at trying to be funny. Im sure he didnt mind.Hes too classy. I think he would rather have 5 rings & 650+ saves.
— Chris Romano (@Chris_Romano25) September 17, 2013
@dfiregirl4 It’s Boston what do you expect
— Bill McGregor (@macmich23) September 17, 2013
Now, I admit that when I saw the Red Sox video, I felt that they could have done without the 2004 footage since the ceremony wasn’t all about them–it was supposed to be about Mariano Rivera. But in the end, does it really matter what I think? No. It should matter what Mariano thinks. From the look on his face and that sparkle in his eyes, knowing that the season is slowly winding down and there aren’t many games left, it looked as if he loved every minute of it. Besides, the Red Sox got one series. Mariano Rivera has the all-time record in saves.
Notes & News
— The Yankees finally figured out why Boone Logan‘s elbow has been bothering him: he has a bone spur. Logan said that he’s going to get through the last couple of weeks of the season, and then have surgery in the offseason to repair it.
— Austin Romine was originally in the Yankees lineup, but was scratched. There was a bit of miscommunication between the staff and Romine. Romine believes he’ll only need a day or two more before he’s able to take the field.
— Alex Rodriguez is once again the DH. It makes sense since the Yankees are on artificial turf, but Rodriguez has been nursing a hamstring injury. He was pulled from the game on Sunday due to a tight calf, so you have to begin to question just how healthy A-Rod is.
Photo credit: (September 14, 2013 – Source: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images North America)