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All season, Mariano Rivera has enjoyed his farewell tour.
But Friday night in Tampa Bay, the Rays honored the greatest closer of all time with a sculpture, just one more native to Florida.
Mariano like you've never seen him before -- to honor Mo, the Rays unveiled a sand sculpture at the Trop today. pic.twitter.com/Vn9iFqJTSD
-- Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) August 23, 2013 Rivera is known as 'The Sandman' – get it? We see what you did there, Tampa. Well played.
We're not sure if Mo doesn't like it, doesn't know how he will get it home, or is wondering "is that what I really look like?"
His signature song, 'Enter Sandman' by Metallica has played at Yankee Stadium throughout his career and this season was played at the All-Star Game at Citi Field . . .
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Now comes word through a report that Metallica , scheduled to play a few short Subway stops away from Yankee Stadium on Sept. 21, may make an appearance on Sept. 22 when the Yankees plan on honoring Rivera.
Either way, it has been a season of tributes for Rivera, including some of these gems . . .
Video: Dodgers honor Yankees' Rivera
In San Diego, Rivera got a special tribute . . .
But the one that probably takes the cake is this one from the Minnesota Twins. Rivera, known for his patented cutter, surely appreciated this:
#MNTwins honoring the career of retiring closer Mariano Rivera by presenting him with a "Chair of Broken Dreams." pic.twitter.com/XqQG7iIpxi
-- Minnesota Twins (@Twins) July 2, 2013
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See the resemblance? Neither do I. The Tampa Bay Rays gave Yankees closer Mariano Rivera and odd gift in his final trip to their ballpark, a sandcastle…that looks nothing like him. I’m pretty sure the sculpture has a beard. How do you give the gift of a sandcastle? He ain’t flying that pile of sand home. Might as well have adopted a sting ray in the wild. It’s the thought...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays have unveiled a sand sculpture to honor Mariano Rivera on the New York Yankees closer's last regular-season visit to Tropicana Field.
Rivera smiled and joked that he was taking the sculpture home when he saw it before Friday night's game. He signed the sculpture right under the words "ENTER SANDMAN 42."
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When it comes to gifts, sometimes it’s the thought that counts. The Tampa Bay Rays will definitely be heeding that motto after their effort to honor New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera totally flopped. The Rays presented the sand sculpture seen above to Rivera on Friday ahead of the three-game series between the teams, which […]
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On Wednesday, New York Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki joined an elite club by notching his 4,000th career hit in professional baseball.
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The Tampa Bay Rays honored Mariano Rivera with a sand sculpture of the Yankees closer before their game on Aug. 23, 2013. The team also presented him with check for $3,150 for the Mariano Rivera Foundation - $50 for each save he’s earned against Tampa Bay during his career. (Chris O’Meara/AP)
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