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    Re: The "Mariano Rivera Pays Tribute" thread

    Personally, I think this is ridiculous. If I'm staying at the Hard Rock Hotel or eating at a Hard Rock Cafe, I would think of Mo when "Enter Sandman" was played and smile. What is the point of taking it out of the playing rotation? Stupid if you ask me. The Martin and a good sized donation to Mariano's foundation was very nice, however.
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    In a ceremony before Thursday night's game, Hard Rock will announce that Rivera's warm-up song, Metallica's "Enter Sandman," will be yanked from its song system to be retired from all Hard Rock-branded restaurants, hotels and casinos worldwide -- with the exception of Hard Rock Cafe Yankee Stadium.

    David Miller, director of operations for Hard Rock International, said it was a small gesture to honor "one of the greatest athletes of our generation." It's the first time the company, which has a total of 173 venues across 53 countries, has "retired" a song.

    As part of the pregame ceremony, Hard Rock will present Rivera with a unique Martin D-18 1939 acoustic guitar and a check of $10,042 to the Mariano Rivera Foundation.

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    I wish I could get a Hard Rock YS t-shirt.
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    Wow. Nicely done, Bud.
    Yeah so nice of Bud to plaster his name on that ad.
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    Re: The "Mariano Rivera Pays Tribute" thread

    Saw the commercial for this during the game tonight.
    Isn't it kind of weird to have a Mariano Rivera commemorative bat?
    I think he only has like 4 or 5 PA's in his career, right?
    It should at least be a partially broken bat as a tribute to his pitching.
    Just thought it was weird.
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    Re: The "Mariano Rivera Pays Tribute" thread

    Hall of Fame to display vestiges of Mo's career
    Retiring Yankees closer will be well-represented before appearing on ballot

    Mariano Rivera's first year of eligibility for the Hall of Fame will be with the Class of 2019, but visitors to Cooperstown, N.Y., will not have to wait that long to relive his career.

    Thanks to the retiring Yankees closer's graciousness over the years, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum has amassed a trove of game-used artifacts from him. They range from items used during past World Series to his emotional 13th and final All-Star Game.

    "Mo's career achievements, of which there have been many, are well-documented in Cooperstown, thanks to his generosity in donating game-used artifacts," Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson said Friday. "From his important role in helping to establish a Yankees dynasty as one of the Core Four, to his brilliance on the mound, to the personal connection he made with baseball's fans, Mariano's career is well-documented in the Museum."

    Here are items visitors will see included in the collection, and the Hall will follow this final weekend series at Houston closely to see if other stories emerge that might pique interest in further documentation:

    • Spikes worn by Rivera during the 1999 Fall Classic, when he was named World Series MVP. He pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, getting the Braves' Keith Lockhart to fly to left to record the Game 4 save and clinch that title at old Yankee Stadium.

    • Cap worn by Rivera during the 2000 World Series. He got Mike Piazza to fly out to center field to record the Game 5 save and clinch that title at Shea Stadium.

    • Cap worn by Rivera on July 16, 2006, when he recorded his 400th career save. Amazingly, that was less than two-thirds of the way toward his record saves total, which is 652 entering the final weekend series. No. 400 was a six-out save against the White Sox at home, finished off when Jermaine Dye struck out swinging.

    • Yankees home jersey worn by Rivera in the 2008 All-Star Game played at Yankee Stadium. The American League won that 15-inning contest and Rivera pitched in the ninth and 10th innings, finishing both innings with double plays.

    • Baseball signed by Andy Pettitte and Rivera on May 29, 2009, when Pettitte was credited with the win and Rivera picked up the save. It was their 58th career win/save combination, a run that would last far longer.

    • Yankees cap worn by Rivera during the 2009 World Series. In Game 6 at Yankee Stadium, he got the last two outs of the eighth against Philadelphia before sealing the ninth inning as New York clinched its 27th World Series championship.

    • Yankees cap worn during the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field, where he was given the Arch Ward Trophy as the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player presented by Chevrolet. Rivera retired the National League in order in the eighth for the hold as manager Jim Leyland wanted to make sure there was an opportunity for the legend to appear, and then Joe Nathan closed out that 3-0 AL victory.

    Rivera's generosity toward the Hall that night in July was typical, according to Hall vice president Brad Horn. It was 90 minutes after the game, and Rivera had fulfilled every media obligation and walked back into the clubhouse. Rivera said his kids had taken "everything," but he was still wearing his game cap. So he handed it over to Horn and said: "Here you go, Brad. For the Hall of Fame."

    The wait for Rivera himself is about to begin. After this weekend, he will begin the required five-year waiting period and will appear for the first time on the December 2018 ballot that goes to Baseball Writers' Association of America voters. Rivera's first shot at enshrinement would be that following summer, and count Hall of Fame reliever Dennis Eckersley among those who are wondering whether Rivera might finally be that first unanimous inductee.

    "Nobody can be," Eckersley, a TBS MLB analyst for this postseason, told MLB.com this week. "Look at the number of guys who didn't get it. The highest [vote percentage] is [Tom] Seaver, isn't it? I don't know. All it takes is one or two guys out of 600. If there is one, he'd be it."

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/mlb/...&vkey=news_mlb

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    "Vestiges" is such a sad way of putting it.
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    Re: The "Mariano Rivera Pays Tribute" thread

    "Nobody can be," Eckersley, a TBS MLB analyst for this postseason, told MLB.com this week. "Look at the number of guys who didn't get it. The highest [vote percentage] is [Tom] Seaver, isn't it? I don't know. All it takes is one or two guys out of 600. If there is one, he'd be it."
    Uhhh...Eck...."or two"??? So unanimous minus one is still unanimous?? LOL
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    Re: The "Mariano Rivera Pays Tribute" thread

    Quote Originally Posted by theDurk View Post
    Uhhh...Eck...."or two"??? So unanimous minus one is still unanimous?? LOL
    He's saying that it's hard to do because all it takes is one idiot on some retarded principle to vote no. But the last part he's just saying that if anyone can ever get all the votes it's Mo

    Seriously, can we find out the names and workplaces of every no voter? You know they're going to exist, and they will need to be publicly humiliated, shamed, and hammered back under the rock they crawled out of

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    Quote Originally Posted by GordonGecko View Post
    He's saying that it's hard to do because all it takes is one idiot on some retarded principle to vote no. But the last part he's just saying that if anyone can ever get all the votes it's Mo

    Seriously, can we find out the names and workplaces of every no voter? You know they're going to exist, and they will need to be publicly humiliated, shamed, and hammered back under the rock they crawled out of
    I know what he meant and I agree with it. Still, the 'or two' is just silly.
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    Re: The "Mariano Rivera Pays Tribute" thread

    Wish there was another system; not having so many "writers" voting. Remember the yagoff Philly-area writer who totally left Mike Schmidt off his ballot because he simply didn't "like" him.

    There were yahoos who left Ripken & Gwynn off their ballots (or sent in blank ones, IIRC?) as well, citing the "nobody should get in unanimously if Williams, etc. didn't" bullcrap.

    And/or, all you need is one moron who hates the Yankees in general...

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    Quote Originally Posted by HerbieLee20 View Post
    Wish there was another system; not having so many "writers" voting. Remember the yagoff Philly-area writer who totally left Mike Schmidt off his ballot because he simply didn't "like" him.

    There were yahoos who left Ripken & Gwynn off their ballots (or sent in blank ones, IIRC?) as well, citing the "nobody should get in unanimously if Williams, etc. didn't" bullcrap.

    And/or, all you need is one moron who hates the Yankees in general...
    I learned a long time ago not to care about such things, they have no relevance on what he did in his career, or what anyone did in their career. It's not like its a secret that MVP awards, CY Young awards and HOF inductions are voted on by writers, and therefore subject to favoritism, ignorance, or some non-relevant cause/statement.

    It would take a lot of luck for Mariano to be unanimously inducted. If anything, you might want to hope that numerous writers leave him off so that 1 or 2 individuals can't feed off the negative publicity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YankeeSTH View Post
    Good stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Mxylsplk View Post
    Good stuff.

    Ditto! Thyanks for posting!!
    And major to the person/people responsible for putting that together!!!!!!

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    Re: The "Mariano Rivera Pays Tribute" thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Mo_04 View Post
    I learned a long time ago not to care about such things, they have no relevance on what he did in his career, or what anyone did in their career. It's not like its a secret that MVP awards, CY Young awards and HOF inductions are voted on by writers, and therefore subject to favoritism, ignorance, or some non-relevant cause/statement.

    It would take a lot of luck for Mariano to be unanimously inducted. If anything, you might want to hope that numerous writers leave him off so that 1 or 2 individuals can't feed off the negative publicity.
    Great points, especially b . They probably live for the attention, as they'd get absolutely none otherwise.

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    Re: The "Mariano Rivera Pays Tribute" thread

    My guess is that it may be more than just 1 or 2 writers. There have always been a number of writers who have issues in general with closers in the HOF. How you could possibly exclude a player who is the best ever at any position is certainly beyond me but I'm betting that there will be several voters that do just that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eldee5 View Post
    My guess is that it may be more than just 1 or 2 writers. There have always been a number of writers who have issues in general with closers in the HOF. How you could possibly exclude a player who is the best ever at any position is certainly beyond me but I'm betting that there will be several voters that do just that.
    Then they should not get a vote. No player should ever be "not-qualified" or "less-qualified" for the HOF because of the position they play. Any writer who shows a bias that way should lose their vote.

    And, if any player ever proved just how valuable the Closer position is in the overall success of a baseball team, it's Rivera.

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    Re: The "Mariano Rivera Pays Tribute" thread

    For those who missed it, here is a link to a great interview with Mo, Michael Kaye and Brandon Steiner from luncheon held on 9/26. http://espn.go.com/espnradio/play?id=9728569

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    Re: The "Mariano Rivera Pays Tribute" thread

    There will be voters who don not vote for Rivera for the reasons all ready mentioned. I also believe that there are writers who are anti Yankees people because of the money the Yankees spend on players, etc and while not the right reason will probably not vote for Mo the first time. Mo should get close to a unanimous vote but he will be left off some ballots. And as far as some voters being anti reliever I can't wait to see what happens when Jeter is on the ballot. He is the player who should get a unanimous vote.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ymike673 View Post
    There will be voters who don not vote for Rivera for the reasons all ready mentioned. I also believe that there are writers who are anti Yankees people because of the money the Yankees spend on players, etc and while not the right reason will probably not vote for Mo the first time. Mo should get close to a unanimous vote but he will be left off some ballots. And as far as some voters being anti reliever I can't wait to see what happens when Jeter is on the ballot. He is the player who should get a unanimous vote.
    No offense met to Jeter, but why? He is a first ballot Hall of Famer no doubt, but he is not one of the top 25 players of all time

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    Re: The "Mariano Rivera Pays Tribute" thread

    Quote Originally Posted by yankees2010 View Post
    No offense met to Jeter, but why? He is a first ballot Hall of Famer no doubt, but he is not one of the top 25 players of all time

    Jeter is very popular and he will be looked upon as the one absolute "Clean Player" from this era. Not saying Jeter will be unanimous but if there are no other super star players on the ballot the first year Jeter is eligible for the HOF he could be very close.

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    Re: The "Mariano Rivera Pays Tribute" thread

    Quote Originally Posted by yankees2010 View Post
    No offense met to Jeter, but why? He is a first ballot Hall of Famer no doubt, but he is not one of the top 25 players of all time
    Because in Jeter's case, it is not just about the numbers although he certainly has those. He has been the unblemished face of baseball for 15+ years at a time when the sport seemed to suffer one black eye after another yet he remained above the fray and is widely respected by just about everyone in the sport, indeed in sports in general.

    He should be a unanimous choice, although I'm under no illusions that it will happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ymike673 View Post
    Jeter is very popular and he will be looked upon as the one absolute "Clean Player" from this era.
    Certainly Jeter is viewed as being clean, but why would he be considered the one clean player. Just looking at next year's ballot, Maddux and Glavine are both as untainted by PED suspicions as Jeter is. (And Maddux is actually the guy I first think of when people say about upcoming candidates "if anyone should be unanimous, it should be so and so").

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    Re: The "Mariano Rivera Pays Tribute" thread

    Back on topic: A new documentary on Mariano will air a week from this Sunday:

    http://yankees.lhblogs.com/2013/10/1...x-documentary/

    It features some of those meetings with behind-the-scenes people and fans in his farewell season. Also this immortal moment:


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