Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest
By ANTHONY ANDRO  |  Last updated 7/23/13
ARLINGTON, Texas As much as fans of the Texas Rangers dislike the New York Yankees, it's hard not to pull for Mariano Rivera. That was on display once again Tuesday. As part of his farewell tour in his final season, baseball's all-time saves leader is meeting with people at every stadium he visits and thanking them for what they do. The stops have included everyone from payroll workers to two survivors from the Boston Marathon bombing. At Rangers Ballpark, the lucky recipients of the visit were members of the complex grounds crew, a mechanic and the workers in charge of keeping all the televisions in the park working. The only female worker- Kaley Dollar is a huge Rivera fan. She even wrote a high school paper about him. Rivera spent 30 minutes with approximately 20 of them, answering questions in both English and Spanish, posing for pictures, giving them autographed baseballs and thanking them for what they do. It's an idea Rivera came up with two or three days ago as a way to remember his final season. "Allow me to say thank you for what you guys do," Rivera said. "I wanted to do something different and I wanted to make sure I said thanks to those we never see or we don't interact too much. It has been wonderful." Rivera answered questions ranging from what was his first game like to who influenced him the most in baseball to what his post-playing plans are to why he enters games to Metallica's "Enter Sandman?" As for that? "I didn't choose the song," Rivera said. "It would have been the last music I choose. I kept it because the fans like it." While Rivera is honoring stadium workers, he continues to get honored at parks. Thursday the Rangers will honor him in a ceremony that includes Joe Nathan and former Rangers and Yankees closer John Wetteland. Those gifts are nice for Rivera, but he's getting more out of his personal visits. "It's been more than what I thought," Rivera said. "Instead of me being thankful and them learning from me, I'm learning from them. It's a blessing and I thank God for that."
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Bright future for Minnesota Timberwolves

Eli and Archie Manning say Peyton won’t likely leave Denver if he plays in 2016

NCAA mulls changes to graduate transfer and targeting rules

Cavs active in NBA trade market, covet Jared Dudley

Roger Goodell expectedly dodges Patriots-related questions at Super Bowl

Baltimore Orioles acquire starting pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

USC athletic director Pat Haden to retire in June

Report: Browns owner ‘frustrated, emotional’ about Johnny Manziel

Raiders and Texans to play MNF game in Mexico City in 2016

Goodell wants to keep Raiders, Chargers in home markets

Deadly shooting breaks out at Dublin boxing weigh-in

Mike Shula vs. Wade Phillips: The best story of Super Bowl 50

QUIZ: Name every NFL regular season MVP

WATCH: Avery Bradley nails buzzer beater to beat Cavs

WATCH: Jimmy Butler taken to locker room in wheel chair

Klay Thompson's first five years in historical context

WATCH: Cubs' Kris Bryant went swimming with sharks

Sports Authority taking steps to file for bankruptcy

Major League Baseball threatens to disassociate from DraftKings

NFL considering moving Pro Bowl to Australia

Joe Montana warns NFL players about potential long-term damage after retirement

Report: Two people fired for leaking Jason Pierre-Paul information

‘Crying Jordan’ photographer had no idea it existed until this week

NHL nightmare: No Canadian teams in the NHL playoff hunt

Seven unheralded players set to make major impacts in SB 50

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 14 biggest plays in Super Bowl history

Five outrageous predictions for Super Bowl 50

QUIZ: Name the winning starting quarterback from every Super Bowl

The top six matchups that could decide Super Bowl 50

Seven unheralded players set to make major impacts in SB 50

10 underrated performances in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

X-factors in Super Bowl 50

NHL nightmare: No Canadian teams in playoff hunt

QUIZ: Name the Super Bowl halftime performers since 1991

Manziel's father fears for QB's life

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker