Red Sox Will Honor Mariano Rivera On Sunday
Classy move by the Red Sox. Future Baseball Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera will be honored Sunday at Fenway Park. It will be Rivera’s final regular season game at Fenway…and possibly the final Yawkey Way game of his career (depending upon in the Yankees face the Red Sox in the American League Championship Series). Major League Baseball’s all-time saves leader announced that he would retire at season’s end after a 19-year career. Rivera has made more appearances than any other visiting reliever in the 102-year history of Fenway Park.
Incidentally, Rivera has blown more saves against the Red Sox than against any other team. With the series hanging in the balance, Rivera blew two of his five postseason appearances at Fenway…Games 4 and 5 of the 2004 American League Championship Series. The blown saves both led to Red Sox extra innings wins…and the rest is history. The Fenway crowd gave Mo a standing ovation on Opening Day of 2005 to recognize his contribution to the Sox first World Championship in 86 years. Rivera was amused…grinning widely and tipping his cap to the crowd in what became one of Fenway Park’s most memorable moments.
Fans coming to Sunday’s game, scheduled to start at 8:05 p.m., are invited to be seated by approximately 7:30 p.m. A limited number of tickets are still available for the game.