Enter Sandman - Exit Rivera
I love Baseball almost as much as I love Hockey. If baseball has one thing up on hockey, it's tradition. Not that hockey doesn't have its own - it's just that baseball's runs deeper. Mariano Rivera, baseball's greatest closer ever is retiring this year. Starting at the All Star game and through these last few weeks of the season we're seeing something we don't see in Hockey - pre-game tributes to an opposing player.
Every sports fan knows that one of the greatest rivalries in all sports is that between the New York Yankees & the Boston Red Sox. Their histories are tied to the day when a Red Sox owner sold Babe Ruth's rights to the Yankees so he could bankroll Broadway shows. Some say "The Curse of The Bambino" kept the Red Sox from winning the World Series for over 80 years. Until Rivera took to the mound against the Sox during the '04 ALCS and coughed up a rare loss that lead to the Sox winning the pennant in dramatic fashion and later that month, the World Series.
This week, on what was likely to be his last game at Fenway Park, the Red Sox honoured him and roasted him (for the blown save). The Red Sox had a quartet of cellos play Metallica's Enter Sandman, Rivera's walk-out music at Yankee Stadium and then paid him tribute. Could you ever imaging the Leafs doing the same with a rival Habs player?
We're gonna miss this...and watch the crowd freak-out: