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Mariano Rivera got an ovation in a Boston steakhouse

Jul 21, 2013, 9:37 AM EDT

FOX Sports broadcaster Kenny Albert was on hand for this on Saturday night:

Mo has tallied 57 of his 639 career saves against the Red Sox — his third-most saves against any one team, trailing only the Orioles (76) and Rays (63). But when you carry yourself with great dignity and class and you dominate for as long as Rivera has, people — even rival fans — tend to gain an appreciation.

The Yankees and Red Sox will wrap up a three-game series at Fenway Park on Sunday night.

  1. vanquish0916 - Jul 21, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Yup, we love Mo in Boston. Who doesn’t? Class act, and best ever at what he does. Gotta respect that.

    • mjmouser2001 - Jul 21, 2013 at 11:03 AM

      I’m glad some sports fans are so charitable, but do you have to be an athlete to be accepted fully in our society???? Marc Anthony, a Puerto Rican-American, sung “God Bless America” and you can check out the Daily Kos website for the reception he got: spic, Mexican, foreigner, terrorist, etc. Some of the words I won’t type. What is up with us, America?????

      • drewsylvania - Jul 21, 2013 at 11:58 AM

        This is an Internet culture issue. We are much more likely to do stuff like that online, where we think we can get away with it (and we often can).

      • hojo20 - Jul 21, 2013 at 10:03 PM

        Maybe the fans are sick of God Bless America prolonging their evening at the ballpark.

    • brt653 - Jul 21, 2013 at 11:54 AM

      Why are you surprised Kenny? REAL Boston fans are the most knowledgable and classy of any in the world. The perception otherwise is from true NON SPORTSFANS that are simply haters regardless of the sport.

      • mssyb - Jul 21, 2013 at 4:37 PM

        I can only go by my experience, but…..I have attended games at Angel Stadium and the worst fans were ALWAYS the Red Sox fans. If they weren’t screaming and cussing at their own players…..including the children in the group….they were rude to those around them. Yankees….Orioles…Athletics….any other visiting team were never so awful. I realize that its only a few people but it does get your notice when its every game. Seriously this guy had two little boys with him and they were cussing our team and theirs. Finally I turned around and said….you realize what kind of an example you are setting for these kids? Dumping drinks all over those in front of them. I’m sure not all sox fans are so rude.

      • johnclodge - Jul 21, 2013 at 4:45 PM

        Agree with mssyb. Bosox fans in Anaheim….worst fans ever. Even 100% worse than Yankees fans. Crude, obnoxious, starting fights….idiots. Sorry, but saw it many times in Anaheim.

  2. drewsylvania - Jul 21, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Which steakhouse?

    • hojo20 - Jul 21, 2013 at 10:04 PM


  3. scottstlouis - Jul 21, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Mo is the greatest closer in history, but we can’t help but love him for those 2 blown saves in the ’04 ALCS. His response to the ovation during the ’05 opening day ring ceremony…Legendary!

  4. rbj1 - Jul 21, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    As a Yankees fan, I want to thank the Red Sox fans. Very classy.

    • 1historian - Jul 21, 2013 at 11:41 AM

      You’re more than welcome, but we still hate you.

      In a nice way of course.

  5. thirdman99 - Jul 21, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    I’m a Boston fan and not to rain on people’s good natures, but it’s psychologically much easier to give the guy an ovation when we know he’s on his way out and no longer dominating. It’s almost like “Finally, we don’t have to worry about him!”

    • cackalackyank - Jul 21, 2013 at 11:37 AM

      Yep, now you just have to hope he hasn’t been teaching that cutter to someone else. Of course Mo’s level of class=unteachable.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jul 21, 2013 at 2:34 PM

        He’s taught it and will teach it to anyone who asks. Just because he shows someone how he grips the ball doesn’t mean they’ll get the same movement though, or have the pinpoint accuracy.

    • Glenn - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      I remember watching Reggie Jackson’s last at bat at Fenway. The Sox had a comfortable lead and Reggie got a big and long farewell ovation. It was very touching. He got a hit, I believe a double. The A’s ended up coming back and Reggie had his real last at bat at Fenway with a chance to put the A’s ahead. No cheering at all that time

  6. arbruins - Jul 21, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Who cares about Marc Anthony? Should we give him a standing O because of the reasons you pointed out, or because he married J Lo or is there another reason? Honestly, what has he done?

    • historiophiliac - Jul 21, 2013 at 11:48 AM


      /throws Grammy awards

  7. jimeejohnson - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    It might’ve been a steak house, but Mo knows that when in Boston, you get seafood. Lobster, scallops, clams, mussels, oysters, haddock, etc.

    • jimmyd6559 - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:11 PM

      don’t know of too many steakhouses that don’t have surf & turf on the menu

    • 1historian - Jul 22, 2013 at 8:20 AM

      One of my dreams is that one day I will go to ‘Legal Seafood’

      • cardsfanandi - Jul 22, 2013 at 10:08 AM

        Very awesome dream. If you ever make it there, I recommend the one down on the harbor, across the street from the New England Aquarium. Makes the experience so much more worthwhile, if you ask me. I had the lobster meal the first time I went, and it was beyond great (also, the coconut shrimp appetizer is killer!). And, if you’re a fan of it at all, the best Boston cream pie I ever had while living there was from Legal Seafood. I hope you get the chance to try it someday :)

  8. drumr2u - Jul 21, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    good for the boston fans mo keeps his mouth shut and just pitches the way he knows how. i think jeter would get the same reaction just play ball and dont knock your opponents

  9. soxpatsbscelts - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Marc Anthony’s God Bless America was horrendous.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 21, 2013 at 1:21 PM

      That is one seriously lame troll.

  10. banger60 - Jul 21, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    good job to Boston fans, now get back to your usual selves, Yanks fan but whoever wins the East I’m behind them all the way!

  11. banggbiskit - Jul 21, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    If he’s not the most respected athlete of our generation in any sport, he’s really close to the top. For someone to be so great at what he does and to actually care about the fans and other people, well, not only do you not see that very often, you don’t see this period. A true role model if there ever was one.

  12. j0esixpack - Jul 21, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Just shows that Boston fans are true Baseball fans first. Of course it doesn’t hurt that the Yankees have become irrelevant either.

    But no denying Rivera’s place in history

  13. ajbaxter1975 - Jul 21, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    Of course Mo got a standing O. Even Red Sox fans, neanderthals that we are, know when we’re in the prescence of a legend.

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