Mariano Rivera honored at All-Star Game in ‘priceless’ entrance (Video)

If you weren’t moved by Mariano Rivera’s entrance from the bullpen during the eighth inning of the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday night at Citi Field, then you’re either from Boston, or not a baseball fan.

Rivera entered his final All-Star Game, in what will be his final season, to the tune of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman,” which is his entrance song from the bullpen during home games. This was the first time it was played for Mo in a stadium other than Yankee Stadium, and it gave his final All-Star Game appearance a personal touch.

Mariano Rivera tips capAs soon as Rivera entered the field from the bullpen, all eyes were on him. Both teams remained by the dugout to allow Rivera the spotlight. Players and coaches made their way to the top of the dugout steps to get a glimpse of the best closer in the history of the game. Relievers on the NL team stood in front of the bullpen to clap for the closer. The AL All-Star team even lined up in front of the dugout to pay their respect to Rivera, who responded by tipping his cap to the fans and both teams.

Everyone understood that they were witnessing the last All-Star appearance for the legend.

Rivera entered to pitch the bottom of the eighth inning for the AL squad rather than wait for the ninth because he told AL manager Jim Leyland that he wanted to pitch in the game. The two decided to have him pitch the eighth to guarantee he would have an inning; as the road team, had the AL been losing after batting in the ninth, the game would have ended without the NL needing to bat.

After his scoreless 1-2-3 inning of work, which maintained his career ERA in All-Star Games at 0.00, Rivera spoke with FOX’s Ken Rosenthal about his entrance.

“It was special. Seeing the fans sharing and both teams standing out of the dugout … managers, coaches, players … priceless.”

Below is more from Rivera after the game:

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Clayton Kershaw ‘hurt’ by Bruce Bochy’s comments about All-Star Game starter

clayton-kershawSan Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who is managing the National League squad at the 2013 MLB All-Star Game, announced on Monday that Matt Harvey will be starting on the mound for the NL. When speaking to reporters about the decision, Bochy insisted it had nothing to do with the fact that the game is being held in New York.

“It wouldn’t have mattered what city we were playing in with the year he’s had,” Bochy said, via the LA Times.

Harvey has pitched tremendously throughout the first half, posting a 7-2 record with a 2.35 ERA and striking out 147 batters. Bochy likely made his comments to make sure Harvey gets enough credit and is not just seen as a pitcher who got the start by default in his home ballpark.

Bochy also pointed out that Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw and St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright were candidates to earn the starting job, but his remark about Harvey starting no matter where the game was seemed to upset Kershaw.

“It hurts,” Kershaw said according to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register. “Yeah, it hurts.”

Kershaw also noted that he found out about the decision while watching TV. The 25-year-old is 8-6 and has posted an incredible 1.98 ERA this season. I doubt anyone would have been surprised if he was named the starter but, again, I think Bochy was just trying to prove he did not give Harvey the honor strictly because the game is at Citi Field.

We’re talking about the All-Star Game here, not Game 1 of the World Series. Bochy certainly wasn’t trying to offend anyone. Fans are probably glad Kershaw cares about the event, but he could afford to lighten up a bit.