At 43 years old, Mariano Rivera is retiring his career as a Yankee player. No longer will fans get to see the famous pitcher, wearing the honorable 42 that originally belonged to legend Jackie Robinson. Mr. Rivera was actually the only player in the baseball league who worn the number, after its original retirement in 1997 which was the Brooklyn Dodgers 50th anniversary. The Yankees honored both the Panamanian player Mariano Rivera and the African American Jackie Robinson legend during Sunday’s game against the Giants. Unfortunately they lost with an ending score of 2-1.
On Sunday September 22, the first official day of autumn, Mariano Rivera was honored for his 19 season game. Although he is the last player to retire the number 42, the first honor remains to the hall of famer Jackie Robinson, who in reality paved the way for all “minorities” in the league of baseball. Mr. Rivera received a plaque in the Yankee Stadium’s Monument Park. Metallica performed live for the former Yankee player “Enter Sandman”, a song always played at the end of a Yankee game, now during the pregame. Was this some type of jinx since the Yankees later lost to the Giants on their home field?
The Giants also honored the player before the start of the game. Mariano received a signed guitar from Metallica member Kirk Hammett signed by Giants Hall of Famer Willie Mays, along with an ink print of himself in the San Francisco ballpark in 2007. The gifts were given by pitching Coach Dave Righetti. This almost sounds like a Boston Sox superstition. Was it really a thoughtful gesture from the opposing team? Or did they in fact plan these particular gifts as a way to curse the Yankees and Mariano on his last game, in his field? A little weird to receive on game day, when someone is retiring, an ink print of themselves at the opposing team’s home field. Not to mention the Giants won and were former New Yorkers themselves.