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Before his final game at Fenway, Red Sox honor Mariano Rivera with a poem

Sep 15, 2013, 9:00 PM EST

Mariano Rivera AP

In his farewell tour this season, Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has received many accolades. From scoreboard memos to hugs to, uh, sand sculptures, people haven’t been shy about telling Rivera how much his career has meant to the game. The Red Sox, often victimized by Rivera’s cutter over the years, played Rivera out in style by giving him a poem written by Red Sox poet laureate Dick Flavin.

The Red Sox also honored Rivera before the game.

In his final season, Rivera has a 2.30 ERA and 43 saves in 58.2 innings. He has a Major League record 651 saves. If he gets two more saves before the season is out, he will have reached 45 saves for just the fourth time in his 19-year career.

  1. buffalo65 - Sep 15, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    He is the greatest.

  2. bosoxfan15 - Sep 15, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Mo is a classy guy. As a sox fan, I am sad to see him go. He’s a true competitor.

  3. lyon810 - Sep 15, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Who?

  4. thebigtim2012 - Sep 15, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    I will not miss the losses he handed to us every year but I will miss him as a world class pro.

  5. tfbuckfutter - Sep 15, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    I believe there was also a hand made card and coupon book for 10 Free Hugs included in this thoughtful gift.

  6. bruininnh1984 - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    as a sox fan, even after all the losses he pitched our way, it will be hard to look up next year and not see the sandman coming out of the bullpen. and when jeter decides to hang em up, he deserves the same treatment. both guys, class acts, great men, just the wrong uniform

  7. ezthinking - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:12 AM

    What a gift!

    So many memories. So many opportunities to say something.

    They could have gave him the second base that Roberts stole. Manny dreadlock. Schilling’s Toradol. A nice hand? Something.

    Nah, how about a piece of shit poem?

    Sack up and say “fuck we’re glad you’re gone.”

    • jerseygirl57 - Sep 16, 2013 at 9:43 AM

      They also gave him the #42 from the manual scoreboard signed by the entire team, the pitching rubber from the bullpen, and a generous check from the Sox organization to help him build a school in his native Panama.

      Maybe reading the link embedded in the article would have helped?

      I’m a NY fan, but this was one of the classiest of goodbyes Mo has had this year. Thanks Red Sox for showing me you know how to appreciate greatness, no matter where it’s found.

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