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Mariano Rivera is not on board with the “Start Mo” campaign

May 16, 2013, 11:34 AM EDT

As we noted yesterday, Billy-Ball is mounting a campaign to have Marinao Rivera start the All-Star Game. Mariano Rivera, for his part, is not interested:


I love Kernan’s addition of the “#Class” hashtag. Reporters have spent 20 years telling us that Mariano Rivera is “classy.” And while I don’t doubt that he is, I wonder what it is about reporters that make them feel they continually need to do that.

Anyway, glad to see Rivera nip this in the bud. Very classy move.

Damn. Now I’m doing it.

  1. kyzslew77 - May 16, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Anyone have any examples of Rivera or Jeter being notably classier than the average nice guy MLB player? I realize that there are some players out there who are definitely not classy, but they’re a small minority. I don’t see what sets guys who are really good and have played for the Yankees their whole careers apart from any old player that 1) does charity stuff from time to time 2) doesn’t cuss out reporters or fans and 3) generally seems like a nice person. And every team has like 20 of those guys on their roster.

    • dondada10 - May 16, 2013 at 12:01 PM

      An example of Jetes being classy?


      • billybawl - May 16, 2013 at 12:06 PM

        Jeter is probably classier than Pat Burrell.

      • kyzslew77 - May 16, 2013 at 12:39 PM

        Forgot about that. Good point. Pure class.

    • billybawl - May 16, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      It’d be nice to think that the norm for pro athletes, or people in general, is classy. But when we pay so much attention to the jerks it makes the norm seem exceptional. I agree with you, but I’m OK with Rivera getting the good vibes.

    • kopy - May 16, 2013 at 2:01 PM

      I would assume that most MLB relievers would be too classy to want to start an All-Star game, if classy is a synonym for nervous.

      Mo is probably one of the few that could handle it, but that’s a not of unnecessary pressure and attention when he could just pitch the 9th like always (or the 8th if NL is winning).

    • beefytrout - May 16, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    • cogitobaseballergosum - May 16, 2013 at 5:14 PM

      Out of many examples available I’ll just pick the current event – Rivera’s farewell tour. Obviously, most players aren’t given (nor deserve) the opportunity of a “farewell tour.” That being said, how many have used the opportunity to meet behind the scenes, in each city, with ballpark workers, long-time fans, and other local under-the-radar folks to hear their stories and say thank you to them for all they do.

      As far as I’m concerned, calling Mariano Rivera classy is raising the level of the word.

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 16, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    It’s like Shane Victorino and “Hawaiian.” the reporter really has no choice; it is inevitable.

    • 18thstreet - May 16, 2013 at 11:52 AM

      RIP, Darin Erstad and football.

  3. lukeslice - May 16, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Yu treatment to Mo:

    Miracle he’s never been skewered by a bat…

  4. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - May 16, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Who is Marinao Rivera? Is that Mariano’s twin?

  5. andyreidisthegoat - May 16, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Having the greatest closer of all-time start any game makes no sense at all. He pitches the ninth of the all-star game tied, winning, or losing.

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