Before the game between the Marlins and Yankees Saturday night, there was a ceremony paying tribute to the great Yankee Rivera, a native of Panama City.
Rivera himself came out for the first pitch, emerging from the Yankee bullpen and striding to the mound one last time.
Given Rivera’s dominance throughout his career in pinstripes, it was altogether appropriate that the ensuing game should feature a shutdown pitching performance.
Unfortunately for the Yankees, it was the Marlins doing the shutting down.
In honor of the relief pitcher with ice in his veins, the Yankees’ bats went ice cold.
Maybe they thought it would be cool to honor Rivera by hitting like an American League relief pitcher.
Maybe somehow Rivera’s mojo got lost and ended up inside the Marlins pitchers.
Whatever happened, weak effort by the Yankee bats. Strong effort by the Marlins’ young arms.
Cool night for Mariano Rivera and the people of Panama.