Originally posted on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 7/17/13
Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. For all its aggressive pointlessness, the All-Star Game can do ceremony like none other. Last night was maybe the best example of that since 1999, when baseball's All-Century Team took the field at Fenway: Mariano Rivera, with just a few more months left in his singular career, had the field all to himself. The eighth inning was Jim Leyland's plan from the start. Though the AL manager caught some real-time flak for not using baseball's greatest closer in a save situation, it had to be that way for two reasons. First, Leyland didn't want to run the risk of the NL taking the lead and not coming to bat in the bottom of the ninth, meaning Rivera would have never left the bullpen. Said Leyland: “I wanted to make sure I got out of here alive tonight.” Had things gotten out of control with a non-Mo reliever, and Rivera come in to put out the fire in the middle of the inning, we all would have been deprived of the second, perfect part of Leyland's plan: keep the players in the dugout and let Rivera jog in to his very own stadium. Deadspin: How Leyland gave Mariano Rivera the perfect moment Bravo to Jim Leyland for the genius move. This was perfect, the best send off for a player at the All-Star game since Hideo Nomo threw a meatball to Cal Ripken. And while it would've been great to see him close out the game, it was also a cool throwback to how we first got introduced to Mariano's greatness back in 1996 when he was the Yankees' set-up man, and statistically one of his best seasons. (130 K in 107 2/3 innings?!)  His goodbye tour comes to Fenway this weekend, the first of three trips the Yankees will make as they try and dethrone the Sox atop the standings. The Sox fan in me hopes that he wouldn't be needed for any of those games but I would love to see Sox hitters try and figure out how his cutter. To see David Ortiz face him one last time would be incredible.  And come September, he'll get cheered at Fenway. I don't know if it'll be as loud as the ovation he got when he watched the Sox get their World Series rings in 2005 but it'll be pretty close.  Rest of the Links: Globe: AL takes All-Star game | Herald: Ortiz in swing with young stars | Classic tribute to Rivera | CSNNE: Exit Sandman | Pedroia enjoys win, watching Rivera's final All-Star Game | WEEI: Sox hitless, Mo steals show at All-Star game | A reminder of past misdeeds
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