Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/22/13
There were gifts of course. More gifts for Mariano Rivera who can fill more than one house with everything he has been given through his retirement tour. The Yankees had to give him more and they did. They retired his number while he's still wearing it. Rivera was already the last player to regularly wear 42 which was retired throughout baseball 16 years ago in honor of Jackie Robinson. But the Yankees retired it again Sunday for Rivera as part of a 50-minute pregame ceremony on Mariano Rivera Day. They could have waited but why? There was never a question that Rivera's number would go up in Monument Park just as there's no question that Rivera will go into the Hall of Fame as soon as he's eligible. There have been tributes all season for Rivera befitting a man who is not only the greatest closer ever but also one of the most respected players in the game. Rivera was honored in every city the Yankees visited and he also took time to visit fans or stadium workers at every stop.
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