Thursday, August 01, 2013


Rivera meets with longtime Dodgers employees

7/31/13, "One to save: Mariano Rivera speaks to longtime Dodgers employees," LA Times, Steve Dilbeck

"Yet there he was, meeting privately with approximately 20 longtime Dodgers employees before Wednesday’s game, expressing his gratitude for their being there, answering questions, posing for individual photographs and handing each a signed baseball.

“It’s a privilege and honor to be here,” he told the small group. “Thank you, I know you all have busy schedules.

“But it’s important to me to be able to say thank you. We always see all the people on the field, but not those behind the scenes. I just wanted to be able to say thank you for what you’ve done for baseball.”

Rivera, universally considered the greatest closer in baseball history, is retiring after this season. Yet, in addition to the usual gifts presented by opposing teams, Rivera has made a point at each final stop of a visiting stadium, to sit down with long-time team employees.

So Wednesday he met with approximately 20 members of the Dodgers organization – ushers, ticket takers, maintenance workers, front office workers, even a long-time season ticket holder – in a room under Dodger Stadium.

And gave them over 45 minutes of his time, most spent answering their questions about his five world championships, being the last to wear No. 42, playing for Joe Torre, his experience at the last All-Star game, how he handles defeat."...above getty photo

7/31/13,  Rivera tribute at Dodger Stadium, getty

7/31/113, Dodgers present Rivera with fishing rod, Fox Sports

7/31/13, Jay Z and Jack Nicholson at Dodger Stadium on day of Rivera sendoff, ESPN photo

7/31/13, "The Stars Came Out To See Mariano Rivera's Last Game At Dodger Stadium,", Cory Gaines


Jackie Robinson's widow Rachel recorded a video for Mo's appearance at Dodger Stadium

8/2/13, "Special Surprise For Mariano Rivera In Los Angeles,"

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