Red Sox fans and Yankees fans are sworn enemies (except if you’re married or have siblings that are Red Sox / Yankees fans. Then you’re only enemies for the weekend). However, if there’s one thing all baseball fans have in common, it’s the love for Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, who is retiring after the 2013 season.
Erik Boland of Newsday (@eboland11 on Twitter) took a picture of a poem that was in the dugout before today’s game, and although it’s not Rivera’s official goodbye gift, it was still beautiful. For those who have trouble reading the poem, here’s the poem below.
I have to admit that I get the crankies
When somebody mentions the damn New York Yankees
I just do not like them, it’s one of my gripes
They strut around wearing their fancy pinstripes
There is one exception, someone I don’t blame
A prince of a fellow, Rivera’s his name
He’s top notch, a class act, the finest you’ll meet
He helps sweet old ladies while crossing the street
It’s hard not to like him although he’s a foe
He’s a wonderful guy, he’s Mariano
In closing out ball games, well, it’s understood
He’s the best of all time, that guy is good
He’s saved games forever, to tell you the truth
I think that he played with both Gehrig and Ruth
Were he’d not a Yankee, he’d rate an A plus
Good luck, Mariano. But not against us
– Dick Flavin
Poet Laureate, Boston Red Sox
Although it’s not fancy as Mariano’s chair made out of broken bats, this one is beautiful since it was from the heart. Just an incredible tribute to an incredible man.
Photo credit:(September 11, 2013 – Source: Rob Carr/Getty Images North America)