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Red Sox Offer Up "Odd And Even Questionable" Tribute To Yanks' Mariano Rivera
Published September 16, 2013
SAYING GOODBYE, AND THANKS: In Boston, Michael Silverman writes under the header "1st-Class Fenway Honors For Mariano Rivera" and notes it was a "light-hearted, classy ceremony." Among the gifts Rivera was given were a check "for his charity efforts in Panama," the pitching rubber from the visitors bullpen and the "42" placard "used for the scoreboard." The Boston Cello Quartet played Metallica's "Enter Sandman," Rivera's entrance music at Yankee Stadium. The "entire Red Sox team," as well as Owner John Henry, Chair Tom Werner, President & CEO Larry Lucchino and GM Ben Cherington "gathered in the infield" for the presentations (BOSTON HERALD, 9/16). In N.Y., Roger Rubin notes tributes for Rivera have been "routine for his final game at every ballpark during his last season but there was something more meaningful with it coming from the Yanks’ blood rival." Red Sox fans "showered warmth on Rivera, who spent the final innings signing autographs in the bullpen" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 9/16).
LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL: In Boston, Dan Shaughnessy noted Red Sox Owner John Henry happens to be buying the Boston Globe "at the precise moment when the Red Sox are performing at a level that makes them almost above criticism." The "praise and gushing that comes with this is hard earned and well deserved, but it nevertheless will invite suspicion because of an unsolvable conflict of interest." Shaughnessy: "When good things happen, we write good things. When bad things happen, the coverage is not as favorable. Prepare for the deification of this ball club" (BOSTON GLOBE, 9/15).