Yankees honor Mariano Rivera by getting no-hit


Sep 26, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera (42) is interviewed after his final home game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The field at Rod Carew Stadium in Panama was emblazoned with a large #42 in honor of Mariano Rivera.

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.

Marlins pitchers Brad Hand, Steve Cishek, A.J. Ramos and Arquimedes Camineros combined to no-hit the Yankees for nine innings.

The top of the Yankees order, stacked with regulars including Brett Gardner, Derek Jeter, Carlos Beltran and Alfonso Soriano, combined to go 0-for-11 on the night.

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.

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