Saturday, August 3, 2013

Photo: Padres pay homage to Mariano Rivera by gifting customized bike


The farewell tour continued for New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera in San Diego on Friday.

Before the game, the Padres enlisted the help of former closer Trevor Hoffman, who presented Rivera with a customized Yankees beach cruiser bicycle, so he could "live the San Diego lifestyle" upon his retirement.

The gesture garnered a nice round of applause from the crowd at Petco Park.

The Padres gifted four additional bikes for Rivera's family, as well.

Rivera, who is baseball's all-time saves leader, has already been showered with plenty of retirement gifts this season by opposing clubs. The Minnesota Twins presented him with a rocking chair made from broken bats, the Oakland Athletics gave him a surfboard, and the Cleveland Indians presented him with a personalized gold record of Metallica's "Enter Sandman," which has been Rivera's entrance music for years.

The biggest tribute for Rivera is yet to come, though. The Yankees are planning to pay homage to one of their greatest pitchers in franchise history in late-September at Yankee Stadium.

Via MLB Cut4


  1. This is so Nice for Mariano Rivera I'm a Long time Cincinnati Reds fan dated back to the 1970's but I watch all Of the Greats of MLB baseball and Rivera is up there just like the Babe "RUTH" the sports fans of our time is very lucky to be a part of these moments.
    SG Cincinnati

  2. What proves that Rivera is one of the greatest to ever play the game is what he's doing for ballpark employees where the Yankees visit. His actions speak volumes to the kind of man he is. I'm not a Yankees fan, but I have nothing but total respect for Mariano.