Red Sox honor Mo with pregame ceremony

Red Sox honor Mo with pregame ceremony



ladies and gentlemen it is our honor tonight to pay tribute to one of the games great ambassadors throughout his stellar career he has been more than a greatest closer the game has ever seen he has been a model of grace and class on this the least regular-season visit in a career that has seen him Cooperstown bound we remember all too 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 as we remember one October night that one Pleasant memory as told by some dear old friends on our video board Mariano is is he still playing let's start out with saying Mariana was greatest night ever was in October 9th 2004 Mariana Ribera will work to the bottom of the order here that I have trying to finish off the sweep I stepped into the batter's box wearing number 15 wasn't a great player but Mariano feared me he feared me we were down by one run I believe it was four to three ball one ball two ball three and ball four Millar walked rare I don't know how that Samaritan he must have talked to his therapist prior to the game because he never walks I get to first base and so at that point in time Thierry looks looks down at me at this small Red Sox home dugout and gives me a wink and I knew at that point in time that was my cue Dave Roberts gets put in for the slow guy a pinch runner Dave Roberts is gonna come in for Boston Miller is at the plate you throw over once bridge with a huge lead draws a throw twice and a third time almost give me the third time at that point in time I was ready to try to try to steal a base and I didn't know if I was gonna be goat or hero but you being who you are we had to kind of reinvent the wheel and do something a little different Bill Miller took a pitch fastball away Miller's still waiting for his first pitch next thing you know Dave Roberts steal second base the runner goes under the tag of Derek Jeter by that much just beat the throw and Bill Miller I think it's one one at that point in time billy ballgame Bill Miller no one ever talks about Bill Miller by the way moe now was talking about you being afraid of Millar and then Dave Roberts till in the bag but Billy ballgame as it was actually the only guy that could hit you Here I am up at the plate man on second one oh count hoping there's a mistake and there was something up base hit up the middle I was able to find a hole and drive in Dave Roberts I'm running around third slide into home do a twirl fans here go crazy and the tide had turned what a great night we as the fans of Fenway Park and I'm the fans of Boston Red Sox want to thank you for fearing me the night in October 2004 so Moe I know that you didn't blow many saves in your career but on behalf of myself my teammates Red Sox fans everywhere we want to thank you for blowing a safe and game for the ALCS Mariano Rivera the Red Sox fans myself personally want to congratulate you on a wonderful career being the best closer this game has ever seen doing it with the most class of ever always shaking Posadas hand and whatever was catching that last out never showing anybody up and dominating this game with one pitch in one location that nasty cutter you were the greatest closer to ever play this game and you are a true professional and our paths didn't cross too often but you know people in this game they talk and when they talk about you they hold you in the highest regard and to have an opportunity to compete against you it's something that I cherish and will cherish forever and tell stories about you for the rest of my life so enjoy retirement great career and we all aspire to be professionals just like yourself thank you one day I look forward to bringing my family to the Hall of Fame to celebrate your achievement indeed on your way to the Hall of Fame that one game was followed by another moment we will all remember it was opening day 2005 and it sealed your connection with Red Sox Nation pitcher number 42 Mariano Rivera that we all remember you smiled you laughed you understood you're a good sport and you acknowledged us you have been the greatest closer and you have been the classiest of competitors and tonight it is our pleasure to welcome you to the field to accept small tokens of our appreciation for the virtues and the values that you embody ladies and gentlemen please welcome future hall-of-famer Mariano Rivera Mariano to commemorate that moment and your gracious nature we have a gift for you a beautifully painted portrait that illustrates why fans at Fenway feel such fondness for such a formidable force and a man presenting that gift to you is the one player on this team who was on that team our own beloved Big Papi David Ortiz but that's not your only gift we had three pieces of Fenway Park to give you as well because you are the last who will ever wear the number 42 our 2013 Red Sox have signed the green placard bearing your number that has hung on the Green Monster every time you have come in to pitch a total that is more than any other visiting reliever in a history of Fenway Park presenting that gift and representing all of our position players is another member of the Red Sox who like Big Papi may join you someday in Cooperstown our brilliant second baseman Dustin Pedroia Mariano we also have for you an authentic 1934 seat from Fenway Park yes a blue one and yes again featuring your number 42 and presenting this gift and representing our starting pitchers is our homegrown and longtime left-handed star Jon Lester and the third piece of the park is the pitching rubber from the visitors bullpen with an inscribed plaque and presenting that is the man whose incredible season this year is a reminder of how great you have been for 19 seasons representing our bullpen Brigade our 2013 closer number 19 Koji Uehara and now we have one last gift for you we know that your heart and spirit have led you to raise funds for a church and school in your native Panama we would like to help that is why John Henry Tom Werner Larry Luke Eno Ben Charrington and John Farrell will honor your effort with a donation from our Red Sox foundation congratulations Mariano as it reads on this plaque we tip our cap to the great Rivera a real gentleman a fierce competitor and a most worthy opponent you

Leave a Response

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

31 thoughts on “Red Sox honor Mo with pregame ceremony”