A year to remember!
9/26/2013: Mariano Rivera receives an emotional sendoff from Andy Pettitte and Derek Jeter as he exits his final game at Yankee Stadium
Watching the highlight video (the first link) of MLB 2013, How can you not like baseball?!~ Sliding the video time to 3:03, how can you not feel emotional watching Mariano Rivera’s send-off moment? I’ve watched this particular video of MO’s (the second link) tons of times and every single time I watch it, it still feels the same, the same kind of mixed feeling as watching the game live last September~ 😦 Please do check both videos and enjoy! 🙂
This is Yankee’s 2nd major contract signed this offseason if Joe Girardi’s four-year contract extension is the first one. According to MLB Yankees official website, Yankees agreed to Brian MaCann a five-year contract worth $85 million with a vesting option for 2019 last Saturday. That is an annual $17M luxury tax hit. Unless a). Cano is not re-signed, b). they aren’t going to post Tanaka, or c). A-Rod is suspended, it is very possible that $189M luxury tax threshold is out of Yankee’s picture now…
McCann’s contact is indeed a significant upgrade for Yankees. You know how atrocious their catcher makeup – Cerville, Steward, Austin Romine and J.R. Murphy – was this past season. =’= In hindsight, again, letting Russell Martin go two years ago was indeed a very unwise decision of the front office.
洋基和Brian McCann新約: 5年8千5百萬，平均年薪1千7百萬，包含第六年選擇權。
Besides Sunday’s farewell ceremony, there are heart-warming ovations to Mo and Andy Pettitte on the final game in Yankees stadium this season. Here are the links of the videos:
Andy Pettitte emerges from the dugout to take a curtain call and gets a warm ovation from the Yankee Stadium fans for the last time
Pettitte receives ovation
Mariano Rivera trots in from the bullpen to “Enter Sandman” to take the mound in his final career appearance at Yankee Stadium
Mo enters Yankee Stadium finale
Mariano Rivera is overwhelmed with emotion as he receives a heartfelt ovation upon exiting his final career game at Yankee Stadium
Mo exits to heartwarming ovation
Andy Pettitte talks about sending off Mariano Rivera with Derek Jeter‘s help, their times together and his own curtain call
Pettitte on Mo’s final home game
((Andy looks soooo gorgeous with a button shirt & tie on, doesn’t he?))
Seeing Andy hugging Mo and Mo crying, I got choked up and tearful, too~ 😥 Girardi was wiping tears in the dugout after picking up the ball for Mo!
Thank you, Andy & Mo! For all these years’ outstanding work! =) Two tremendous Yankees ever! Just profession, tears and cheers, like Michael Kay said!
Andy Pettitte pitches seven-plus solid frames, allowing just two runs on two hits and one walk while striking out six
Pettitte’s solid start
Andy Pettitte takes a curtain call after exiting his final start at Yankee Stadium to a standing ovation from Yankees fans
Pettitte exits, receives ovation
Brian Kenny, Dan Plesac and Joey Cora discuss the dominant combination of Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera
Pettitte, Rivera dominant duo
Current and former players spoke about Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte in their last game at Yankee Stadium
Pettitte and Rivera say goodbye
The Yankees hold a pregame ceremony for Andy Pettitte to honor his upcoming retirement
Yankees honor Pettitte
The Yankees honor Mariano Rivera with a special ceremony prior to their game against the Giants
Yankees honor Mo
Mariano Rivera Farewell Tour
All Farewell Celebrations Across the Country in 2013
Seeing the long-lasting standing ovation to Andy Pettitte while he was getting off the mound, I was so emotional, feeling eyes getting watery though not yet choked up…
Here is his story I like the most that stands out who he is, not just what he does:
Pettitte will retire at the end of the season
Veteran left-hander has spent 15 of his 18 big league seasons with Yankees
Yankees LHP Andy Pettitte announces retirement following 2013 season; Will leave game with most postseason victories all time
“One of the things I struggled with in making this announcement now was doing anything to take away from Mariano’s day on Sunday. It is his day. He means so much to me, and has meant so much to my career that I would just hate to somehow take the attention away from him.”
Farewell, Andy, my favorite Yankee pitcher!