Over the last two decades, Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has earned 57 saves against the Red Sox. So you would think that Boston fans would be bitter and refuse to be a part of the farewell tour that he's on right now as he prepares to call it quits at the end of the 2013 MLB season. However, that's not the case.
On Saturday night, Rivera received a standing ovation at Fenway Park as he entered the Yankees/Red Sox game in the bottom of the ninth inning. And he received an even more surprising standing ovation just a few hours later when he took his wife and kids to a local steakhouse called Abe and Louie's. When he got up to leave his table at the end of the night, a few tables full of people clapped for him. Then, a few more joined in. And before he knew it, practically the entire place was standing and applauding him.
"At one point, it finally came to a crescendo," Fox baseball analyst Kenny Albert, who was seated in the restaurant at the time, told the Wall Street Journal yesterday. "Basically, the entire restaurant was clapping for him."
Rivera was shocked by the reaction he received at the restaurant.
"It was weird," he said. "Different. You expect that in the stadium but not in the restaurant. But it was good. It's humbling."
Boston fans clapping for…Mariano Rivera? Yeah, words like "weird" and "different" don't even begin to describe it. That's just insane.
[via Wall Street Journal]