Yankees fans will have at least 80 more chances — hopefully — to say goodbye to Derek Jeter. But the first had a special feel to it, thanks to some old friends.
Before the Yankees’ home opener on Monday against the Orioles at 1:05 p.m., the “Core Four” of Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada will be reunited on the field.
Prepare to be unspoiled. Though D-Rob has shown a solid, “go get ’em” attitude on his six Grapefruit League outings, nobody knows how he’ll handle closer duties.
It turns out the Miami Marlins had their own way of honoring Mariano Rivera in his home country.
A fundraising dinner on Friday for Rivera’s foundation and the games Saturday and Sunday at Rod Carew Stadium highlight a weekend that is a tribute to the pitcher, who retired after last season.
Michael Pineda, who missed the past two seasons after right shoulder surgery, has nine strikeouts in 4 2-3 scoreless innings overall. He’s bidding to become the Yankees’ fifth starter.
Being retired hasn’t stopped Mo Rivera from picking up one more save. The legendary Yankees reliever has renovated a long-vacant church that became the new home of his wife’s ministry Thursday.
Speaking to WFAN’s Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts on Wednesday, Mariano Rivera offered a ton of advice to Robertson, touched on Derek Jeter’s upcoming retirement tour and the Yankees’ exhibition games in Panama.
In anticipation of the Yankees captain getting inducted hotels in the Cooperstown area were getting calls and emails on Thursday from fans trying to book rooms for more than six years from now.
The demand for Rivera’s last game at Yankee Stadium experienced a notable increase, but nowhere near the extent that Jeter’s announcement has had.
Under the long-discussed deal announced Thursday, careers saves leader Mariano Rivera will promote the event, and a gala dinner will be held March 14 to benefit the Mariano Rivera Foundation.
They owned October year after year. Derek Jeter and his baseball brothers — the gang that grew up champions. One by one, they walked away from the game until Jeter was the last man standing in pinstripes.
“It’s the same deal,” Robertson said Tuesday after a pre-spring training workout at the Yankees’ minor league complex. “Throwing the eighth or ninth inning, you’ve still got to get three outs.”
As the tornadic talk continues over the Hall of Fame vote, Goose Gossage is making the rounds about his past, present, and potential colleagues in Cooperstown. And, as always, he’s trotting out the regurgitated mantras regarding relief pitching.
This year was so packed with gigantic stories that we had to add a whopping 13 honorable mentions. And believe us, those had to be narrowed down, too.