Every once in a great while, we get to see the best player at his respective position play the game of baseball. In the past couple of decades, baseball fans have gotten to take in the best closer of all-time – Mariano Rivera. Sometimes fans hated seeing him playing because he was likely shutting the door on their favorite team, but other times, he was a joy to watch because he is so dominant at what he does.
Earning the distinction of best closer in baseball history comes as no surprise because there has been no one more celebrated than the New York Yankees superstar in the bullpen.
It is well-known that the Boston Red Sox and Yankees are not the friendliest of foes – especially toward each other. In fact, it can be argued that these two have the best rivalry in all of sports. The two teams flat-out hate each other and past games that have resulted in bench-clearing fights have proven that.
However, both are professional teams and handle their business, away from each other, in a professional manner.
On Sunday night, the Red Sox made the ultimate respectful move by honoring Yankee great, Mariano Rivera. The Red Sox had a quartet play, “Enter Sandman”, which is the song that Rivera has used as his entrance song for years:
On top of that, the team honored him with a portrait and a ceremony in which they presented him with a stadium seat with his number on it:
— Sean Grande (@SeanGrandePBP) September 15, 2013
This was the ultimate showing of respect and should be echoed down to other teams in the league to honor the Yankee great in the same – or somewhat equal – manner.