Mariano Rivera says he would get Derek Jeter a life-sized doll for Christmas so he has a wife

Derek-Jeter-YankeesNew York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is one of the most eligible bachelors in America. He has dated some of the most beautiful women in the world (Minka Kelly, Mariah Carey and Jessica Alba are a few that come to mind), but the 39-year-old has never been married. While some feel that makes him a genius, Mariano Rivera seems to think Jeter could use a wife around the holidays.

Rivera made some hilarious comments while handing out Christmas gifts for charity at a Dick’s Sporting Goods store on Wednesday. When asked what he would get Jeter for Christmas, the future Hall of Famer said he would get his former teammate a life-sized female doll “so he would have a wife.” Rivera was later asked if he had heard from Jeter in the wake of his wise crack.

“He hasn’t called me yet,” Rivera said with a smile, according to the NY Daily News. “He will.”

Mo was filled with jokes during the event, also saying he would get Robinson Cano a new contract for Christmas and “tell him to sign it.” He also said he would give manager Joe Girardi hair dye to hide all the gray hairs the Yankees have given him over the past several seasons. Rivera was his usual self — on fire.

As for Jeter, we all know he could have been married by now if that’s what he wanted. There was some recent speculation that he had proposed to girlfriend Hannah Davis, but that turned out to be untrue. As New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey reminded us during the season, Jeter is simply living the dream.

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Mariano Rivera was ready for retirement, had ‘no desire’ in September

Mariano-Rivera-injures-knee-shagging-fly-ballsMariano Rivera could still be a very effective closer if he chose to return to the New York Yankees for another season in 2014. The 43-year-old saved 44 games this season. He blew seven saves, though his 2.11 ERA was below his career ERA of 2.21. Still, all indications are that the Sandman has no intention of changing his mind.

In an upcoming documentary that will air on FOX this weekend called “BEING: Mariano Rivera,” the Yankee legend is shown having lunch in Boston with Red Sox slugger David Ortiz. He addressed his impending retirement while the cameras rolled.

“I can’t wait for the moment when this is over,” Rivera told Ortiz in Spanish, via the NY Post’s Page Six. “I’m ready for it already, brother. I’m ready for it. Mentally and physically, I’m ready for it. There’s no desire anymore.”

It had to have been incredibly difficult for Rivera to remain focused this season. Those of you who kept track of all the thoughtful gifts Mo received from teams around Major League Baseball can appreciate that he had to worry about a lot more than just pitching on game day. He became bigger than the game. As the greatest closer of all time, Rivera deserved it. That does not mean he was comfortable with it.

“We keep doing this for what?” Rivera added during his chat with Ortiz. “Is it for boastfulness, or for the love of the game, or because we don’t want to do anything else?”

For what it’s worth, Rivera may have worn down as his season — and likely career — came to a close. Five of his seven blown saves came during the final two months of the season, including back-to-back blown saves against the Red Sox in the series surrounding his lunch with Big Papi. Could Rivera come back and pitch effectively next season? There’s no doubt in my mind, but he seems perfectly at peace with his decision to call it a career.

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Mariano Rivera cries after Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte come out for pitching change (Video)

There were some truly special scenes at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night as Mariano Rivera made his final career pitching appearance in the Bronx.

Rivera entered the game with runners on first and second and New York trailing the Tampa Bay Rays 4-0 in the top of the eighth. He retired the next two batters to get out of the jam. He then came back out for the ninth for an extra inning of work as he’s done so many times before. He got two outs before being lifted for Matt Daley.

Rivera’s stat line for his final appearance was flawless: 1.1 innings, 0 runs, 0 walks, 0 hits.

[Related: Mariano Rivera honored at All-Star Game with priceless entrance]

Manager Joe Girardi also had a brilliant idea for how Rivera would be pulled from his final home appearance. He had Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte, two of the other members of the team’s “Core Four,” come to take the legendary closer out of the game. Jeter could be seen mouthing “time to go” at Rivera as he approached the mound. Pettitte and Rivera embraced first, leading Rivera to begin sobbing in the southpaw’s arms. Rivera continued to cry as he embraced Jeter.

After walking into the dugout where he gave hugs to all his coaches and teammates, Rivera came out for a curtain call.

Pettitte, who is also retiring after the season, later went out to give a curtain call and get an ovation from the fans.

[Also see: All retirement gifts Mariano Rivera received]

Rivera, Pettitte, Jeter, and Jorge Posada all were drafted by the Yankees, came up in the organization together, and made their MLB debuts in 1995. They won five World Series together. Posada retired after the 2011 season, while Rivera and Pettitte are retiring after this season. That leaves Jeter, the youngest of the bunch, as the remaining member of the Core Four. After seeing what happened with Rivera, you can only imagine what it will be like when Jeter hangs it up.

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Mariano Rivera retirement gifts: A look at what he received

Mariano Rivera tips capAs a show of respect for the greatest closer of all time, many MLB teams gave Mariano Rivera a unique retirement gift upon his last visit to their ballpark.

Rivera, 43, announced prior to the season that this would be his last year playing. His announcement gave teams plenty of time to plan what they would do to honor the legendary player. Most teams delivered with outstanding gifts.

Below is a look at all the retirement gifts Rivera received during his final MLB season. We have them grouped by division. The Yankees obviously went all out honoring Rivera. Their gifts and honors for him are listed on the final page.

On a personal note, Rivera has been one of my favorite players to watch over the years. His consistent excellence on the mound, respect for the game and overall behavior makes him a true model player and ambassador of the game.


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Yankees fans freak over delay in Mariano Rivera bobbleheads

Mariano Rivera bobblehead

A hitch in the delivery of Mariano Rivera bobblehead dolls resulted in a chaotic scene at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday.

The New York Yankees are playing their final home series of the season this week, and they decided to continue honoring their legendary closer, who is retiring after the year, by giving away a bobblehead doll in his likeness to the first 18,000 fans through the gates. Bobblehead giveaways are typically very popular, but when you factor in that this was the last Rivera giveaway before the Hall of Famer retires, and that there was a limited amount of dolls, this was a highly-sought after item.

Fans began lining up outside the stadium hoping to be among the lucky 18,000:

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Red Sox honor Mariano Rivera for blowing game in 2004 ALCS (Video)

Mariano-Rivera-Red-Sox-ceremonyThe Boston Red Sox honored New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera with an elaborate ceremony at Fenway Park on Sunday night that included — but was not limited to — thanking him for blowing Game 4 of the 2004 American League Championship Series.

After the Red Sox broke an 86-year curse nine years ago, they fittingly received their World Series ring before their 2005 home opener against the Yankees. When Rivera was introduced to the crowd at Fenway that year, fans gave him one of the loudest mock cheers you will ever hear. Rivera simply smiled and tipped his cap, which helped him capture the hearts of his most fierce rivals.

On Sunday, before what is likely to be Rivera’s last ever trip to Boston as a Yankee, the Red Sox presented with a number of gifts. They gave him a portrait of the memorable smile he wore in 2005 in addition to a couple of items from Fenway Park with his number on them. It was a fitting way for the Sox to make their mark on a farewell tour that has included incredible sand sculptures and a chair made of broken bats. The all-time saves leader has certainly earned the recognition.

Mariano Rivera gets sand sculpture from Rays that looks nothing like him

Mariano Rivera sand sculpture

When it comes to gifts, sometimes it’s the thought that counts. The Tampa Bay Rays will definitely be heeding that motto after their effort to honor New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera totally flopped.

The Rays presented the sand sculpture seen above to Rivera on Friday ahead of the three-game series between the teams, which will likely mark Rivera’s last time playing at Tropicana Field. The sand sculpture was a play on Rivera’s “Enter Sandman” entrance song for home games at Yankee Stadium. Marc Topkins of The Tampa Bay Times says the sculpture required eight tons of sand and took two days to make.

Rivera is set to retire after the season and has been receiving retirement gifts from teams upon visiting their stadiums. The Los Angeles Dodgers gave him a specially engraved fishing rod; the San Diego Padres gave him a beach cruiser bike; and the best gift of all was a chair made of broken bats from the Minnesota Twins.

The sand sculpture may resemble Rivera as much as the chocolate statue resembled Nick Saban, but at least they got the New York City skyline looking nice.

Maybe they should have just stuck with the gift Joe Maddon and the Rays coaches sent Mo:

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