• Mo’s Farewell Ceremony At Fenway

    Posted by on September 16th, 2013 · Comments (7)

    It’s easy to say that the Red Sox did a great job recognizing and sending off Mariano Rivera last night.

    Heck, there are probably long standing and/or fan favorite Red Sox players who didn’t get treatment from the team the way the Sox had that ceremony and gifts for Rivera…

    But, there’s a part of me that does wonder if that was all for Mo, or, was a good part of that a way for the Sox to make themselves look good, on (Sunday Night ESPN) national TV?

    Seriously, was the whole front office on the field during that thing? Talk about overkill and a media grab…

    Comments on Mo’s Farewell Ceremony At Fenway

    1. K-V-C
      September 16th, 2013 | 9:21 am

      Man you can’t just enjoy anything can you?

    2. September 16th, 2013 | 10:30 am

      K-V-C wrote:

      Man you can’t just enjoy anything can you?

      LOL. Sure I can…and it was a nice ceremony. But, maybe just a tad over the top? Esp. with all the owners on the field?

      The Red Sox going to do the same for Jeter when he retires? Are the Yankees then going to do the same for little Dustin P when he retires?

      Don’t get me wrong. I saw what the Yankees did for Ripken in 2001. I was there. So, it’s not like the Red Sox are the first to do this…

    3. rsr
      September 16th, 2013 | 4:15 pm

      If they had done less, people would complain about that. Can’t make everyone happy. The Red Sox and Yankees, and therefore, Rivera, have a long history. So I can understand why the ceremony was more than your average team. And I do think the Red Sox (fans, players, front office) do genuinely have great respect and admiration for Rivera. I don’t think it was fake.

    4. redbug
      September 16th, 2013 | 5:39 pm

      ESPN only showed the end of the video. Apparently they showed each of Mo’s blown saves during the ’04 playoff, plus the 1st 2 of ’05. We only saw Mo’s gracious smile when the fans mock cheered him during their opening day (and WS ring) ceremony.

    5. September 16th, 2013 | 7:12 pm

      redbug wrote:

      Apparently they showed each of Mo’s blown saves during the ’04 playoff, plus the 1st 2 of ’05.

      Stay classy, Beantown.

    6. MJ Recanati
      September 17th, 2013 | 8:34 am

      redbug wrote:

      ESPN only showed the end of the video. Apparently they showed each of Mo’s blown saves during the ’04 playoff, plus the 1st 2 of ’05. We only saw Mo’s gracious smile when the fans mock cheered him during their opening day (and WS ring) ceremony.

      Wow, that’s actually really classless. Totally in character for Boston.

    7. Kamieniecki
      September 17th, 2013 | 1:29 pm

      “Ladies and gentlemen it is hour honor to night to pay tribute to one of the game’s great ambassadors. Thorought his stellar career he has been more than the greatest closer the game has ever seen, he has been a model of grace and class. On this, the last regular season visit in a career that has seen him cooperstown bound, we remember all to well how often he has come in and saved victories on this sacred turf. So perhaps he will forgive us if we focus for just a moment with less of a toast and more of a roast.”

      That cued a video recalling Rivera’s blown save in Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS — the one set up by pinch-runner Dave Roberts’ stolen base — starring Roberts, Kevin Millar, and Bill Mueller. After the trio offered their recollection of one of Rivera’s rare high-profile failures, all three offered more sincere words for his talent, professionalism and class.

      “…The video continued with the 2005 Opening Day ceremonies, when Rivera had doffed his cap to the cheering Fenway fans. Rivera watched from the railing of the visiting dugout, then finally joined the Red Sox on the field…

      Ortiz presented Rivera with a painting that depicted a moment from that afternoon in 2005, as Rivera raised both arms to acknowledge a Fenway crowd thanking him for his role in the Red Sox’s historic comeback the previous October… ‘Hey, they won. You know?’ Rivera said. ‘We didn’t give it to them; I didn’t give it to them. They won.’”

      “… Ortiz saw no problem with the ceremony. ‘I think it was great,’ he said, sure that Rivera took the tribute as an honor and not a roast… Ortiz called it ‘pretty funny’ that 2004 Red Sox players Kevin Millar, Bill Mueller and Dave Roberts were shown on the video screen, describing the fateful sequence in ALCS Game 4…

      That didn’t seem to convince Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who was asked if he thought the ceremony was fitting. ‘They gave him some nice gifts,’ Girardi said. That was all he said.”

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