Found September 22, 2013 on Hall of Very Good:
All season long, teams have been honoring New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera as he's traveled ballpark to ballpark. From chairs made from broken bats to gold records, the gifts given to the all-time saves leader have run the gamut.  Prior to Rivera's final game at Yankee Stadium, legendary metal band Metallica is even expected to play during a special tribute. Now, as we approach the eve of his retirement, here are ten things you might not have known about the future Hall of Famer. 1999 Sure, we all know that Mariano Rivera was named the 2013 All-Star Game MVP, but did you know that the last time a pitcher took home the award was 1999?  You do now…and that pitcher was another future Hall of Famer, Pedro Martinez. 73 In Mariano Rivera’s time as a member of the Yankees, he’s closed out a number of games for a number of different pitchers.  The pitcher that he’s been paired up with the most on the win/save ledger…Andy Pettitte.  Of Pettitte’s 218 wins in pinstripes, Rivera saved 73 of them.  83 if you include the postseason! 60 Trivia time!  Two of Mariano Rivera’s record 652 saves have been one pitch saves.  The most pitches he’s thrown to get the save came August 23, 1996 when he threw 60. 51 In May 2010, Mariano Rivera tied Eric Gagne for the most consecutive saves at home with 51.  Sure, it isn’t a Major League record, but given the division the Bombers play in (arguably, the toughest in baseball), 51 straight at The Stadium is impressive. 42 Sure, sure, 652 career saves is great and all…but how many did Mariano Rivera have in the postseason?  Answer.  42…with 11 of them coming in the World Series. 25 We all know Mariano Rivera enters Yankees Stadium to “Enter Sandman”, right?  Sure, that’s been documented plenty.  But did you know that the album the track comes from (“Metallica” by Metallica) is the 25th best-selling album of all-time in America with more than $30 million sold? 12 Due to injury, Mariano Rivera notched only 28 saves in 2002.  But picking up the slack, was Steve Karsay with 12 saves.  Karsay, incidentally, recorded his only saves as a member of the Yankees during the time Rivera was on the shelf. 6'2" Mariano Rivera stands 6'2", which, honestly...means precious little.  That said, this past June, the famed Harlem Globetrotters "drafted" the closer and at that height, Rivera would figure to be one of the shorter players on their roster.  You know, if he decided to go that route once he retired. 4 Let’s break this down.  Mariano Rivera now has a record 652 regular season saves, 42 postseason saves and four All-Star Game saves.  Anyone who says “saves don’t matter” (and there are plenty of you) hasn’t been paying attention to Rivera’s impact. 1 Speaking of the “saves don’t matter” crowd…here’s some fuel for their fire.  23 times Mariano Rivera came in to secure the victory by only facing one batter.

Metallica gives Rivera a proper Yankee Stadium farewell

Since 1999, heavy metal band Metallica has played Mariano Rivera on to the field at Yankee Stadium with their tune "Enter Sandman".  Sunday...the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers were there in person to salute the game's all-time greatest closer on the eve of his retirement. “People identify that (song) with myself. It’s a good feeling. I won’t tell you that it’s...

Metallica joins Yankees for Mariano Rivera farewell ceremony (Video)

On Sunday, the New York Yankees held a retirement ceremony for legendary closer Mariano Rivera, who was playing his final home game at Yankee Stadium. It was only fitting that the band who plays Rivera's entrance song, Metallica, was on hand to perform "Enter Sandman" live before the game as Mo walked onto the field for the ceremony. James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich...

Metallica performs ‘Enter Sandman’ at Mariano Rivera Day

The Yankees honored Mariano Rivera today as he heads into retirement, and what better way to get sent off than with Metallica? Rivera’s entrance music has been Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” ever since 1999, and that’s exactly what the group played today for Mariano Rivera Day at Yankee Stadium.  That’s just one of the pre-game gifts the Yankees honored Rivera with, his...

Number 42 retired forever during Mariano Rivera Day

It's not injury related.  I'll give you that.  But it's a special moment in baseball, so I felt like covering it.  Mariano Rivera had his number retired by the New York Yankees yesterday marking the last time that number will be retired.  It also ceremoniously marks the last time number 42 will be worn by any player. Rivera will likely pitch again in the Yankees...

Tragedy at sea put Mariano Rivera on path to Hall of Fame

He came from a family where fishing was a way to make a living. And Mariano Rivera like others before him was destined for a fisherman’s hard life. This was the dangerous work of his father Mariano Rivera Palacios. It was also what uncle Miguel Rivera did. He died in a hospital after injuries at sea. Miguel Rivera was lashed by ropes that broke loose from a hydraulic mechanism...

No Mo: Rivera won't play again

Mariano Rivera's baseball career is No Mo. Two days after his emotional Yankee Stadium farewell, Rivera said he won't pitch this weekend during New York's season-ending series at Houston and that his mound days are over. ''I'm done, guys,'' Rivera told reporters before Saturday's game. ''I'm done.'' The 43-year-old closer...

Exit Sandman: A Tribute to Mariano Rivera from a Boston Red Sox Fan

  As a member of the Red Sox Nation, I have grown up hating the New York Yankees; but on Sunday afternoon, my hatred for the New York Yankees was pushed aside as the team honored a future Hall of Famer, Mariano Rivera. Rivera, baseball’s all-time saves leader with 652, was joined by former NYY manager, Joe Torre, and former teammates Jorge Posada, Bernie Williams, and Tino Martinez...

Yankees Honor Mariano Rivera in Pregame Ceremony With Metallica, Former Teammates on Hand, Retire No. 42 (Photos)

Mariano Rivera has been honored at ballparks all over the country during his final season, but on Sunday afternoon it was the Yankees turn to pay tribute to their own on their last regular-season day game at home. Before New York took on the Giants, the Yankees held a 50-minute ceremony to honor the greatest closer of all time. Metallica was on hand to play “Enter Sandman,” —...

Yankees Honor Mariano Rivera With ‘Mariano Rivera Day’

  Somewhere George Steinbrenner had to be smiling. It was the end of an era in the Bronx today, as today was the last regular season home game for the Yankees, and also probably the last time the home crowd would ever get to see Mariano Rivera on the mound. The day was dubbed simply ‘Mariano Rivera Day’, but not so simple to understand is the very impact Rivera has had on the...

Mariano Rivera played off by Metallica in Yankee Stadium

Prior to the New York Yankees' final home game, Metallica played "Enter Sandman" live to celebrate the retiring legend, closer Mariano Rivera.

Playoff Push: Yankees drop to 4 games back after tough loss

(Courtesy of Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) Despite a great start by Andy Pettitte on Mariano Rivera Day in the Bronx, the Yankees came up short. Their playoff hopes are on life-support and are going to need a minor miracle to stay involved in the race. The Rays finish their series with the Orioles today, so a loss by Tampa would be a nice start to the week. Here are how the teams in...

Around the Major Leagues: 2013 Week 24

All the news from around the major leagues. Mariano Rivera received a special sendoff on Sunday.

Chills and tears

Courtesy of “Way to go, old man.” Andy Pettitte greeted Mariano Rivera with those words as the all-time saves leader returned to the dugout after the eighth inning yesterday. Pettitte  started the frame and gave up a leadoff double to Pablo Sandoval, which prompted Joe Girardi to call on David Robertson. Pettitte  jogged off the mound for what was  likely his final...

Yankees Game 156: Sad ending to a special day

(Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) San Francisco Giants 2– New York Yankees 1   On a historic day, the Yankees couldn’t find the storybook ending in today’s 2-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants. With the ending of the ceremony honoring Mariano Rivera, the closer put it perfectly “Let’s play ball. I gotta go.” And game was underway. Another legendary Yankee took the mound as...

Giants win 2-1, spoil Yankees' day of tributes

Rare is the day in sport when everybody wins when more than 50000 fans players stadium workers and all the rest are treated to goosebumps and tears that they want to spill as two great athletes are honored for all the joy they brought. The Yankees and their fans will remember a brilliant Sunday of emotion long after they forget that the Giants won 2-1. Imagine the memories on the...
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