Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera deserved a storybook ending Sunday, but things do happen in this game. Still, it was quite a day at the Stadium.
The Yankees paid tribute to retiring closer Mariano Rivera on Sunday in the Bronx, and according to Suzyn Waldman, the organization did it right.
The Yankees’ retiring closer is being honored before the game on “Mariano Rivera Day,” creating an energy and excitement among fans at Yankee Stadium.
The New York Yankees are honoring career saves leader Mariano Rivera in a 50 plus minute pregame ceremony.
New York Yankees saw their AL wild-card hopes dim Sunday with a crushing 2-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants.
Barring a run to the postseason, Andy Pettitte takes the mound for the final time at home Sunday when the Yankees look to complete a three-game sweep of the Giants. Mo Rivera will be honored before the game.
Alex Rodriguez set a major league record with his 24th career grand slam, passing Lou Gehrig with a tiebreaking shot in the seventh inning that sent the Yankees to a 5-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Friday.
“I’ve reached the point where I know that I’ve left everything I have out there on that field,” Pettitte said in a statement. “The time is right. I’ve exhausted myself, mentally and physically, and that’s exactly how I want to leave this game.”
Pedro Martinez was dominant. Roger Clemens was the most valuable pitcher. Greg Maddux was brilliant. Randy Johnson was overwhelming. Mike Mussina was underrated. Andy Pettitte? He was a winner.
“I know many New Yorkers and many Council Members would enthusiastically support renaming River Avenue in his honor,” Quinn said in a statement, according to the New York Post.
Boomer and Carton bring up some other good ideas the Yankees should consider for Mariano…
The movement to rename River Ave. in the Bronx after Mariano Rivera is gaining steam — just not on the Boomer & Carton morning show.
“I don’t think we should rename it,” Craig Carton said. “And I know we all go, ‘But Craig, he was so good. He’s the best ever. We should rename a street after him.’ Why? Why am I renaming River Avenue ‘Rivera Avenue?’”
It raises a uniquely New York paradox. Can the Yankees miss the playoffs and still be a success? Can you wear your Jeter Snuggie through a fall and winter wasteland of hot-stove chatter? Yes.
With legendary closer Mariano Rivera set to retire at the end of the season, Robinson Cano has faith that a higher power will help the Yanks and Mo secure a coveted Wild Card berth.