“I want to keep that memory of mine,” Rivera told the crowd of 40,542, second largest of the season at Minute Maid Park behind Opening Day. “For that, I apologize. You guys deserved more, but I’m being a little selfish.”
Quiet, reserved and understated during nearly a quarter-century in a sport that took him from Panama to the pantheon of pinstriped pitchers, Rivera was honored with that rarest of baseball tributes — a solo bow.
As Rivera finished warming up in bullpen, “Enter Sandman” began to play over the PA system at Citi Field.
When legendary closer Mariano Rivera enters the game — whenever that will be — he will be accompanied by Metallica’s “Enter Sandman,” baseball sources told FOX Sports.
In light of Monday’s brutal loss, I couldn’t help but think back to the good old days — when the organization had a plethora of talent and the sky seemed to be the limit. It wasn’t 25 years ago, although it feels like it might as well have been.
It’s easy to list the numbers and stats that detail Mariano Rivera’s greatness. It’s quite another to have witnessed it firsthand as cutter after cutter broke bat after bat and made the best hitters look helpless for 15 years.
Much is made (if not overplayed) about the Core Four. It’s a charming tale of friendship and good fortune. But the Yankees could easily have won their titles without any one member of the quartet. Except Mariano Rivera.