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Re: Mariano Rivera to START All-Star Game?

Postby StlSluggers » Fri Jul 11, 2008 11:36 am

RocketsDWM wrote:Not happening. Francona alluded to this fact in his teleconference with the media earlier in the week. And wouldnt it be better for Mariano to close the final AS game in the stadium? I think that is more respectful than having him start the game. Have Pap in the 8th and Rivera in the 9th. Perfect ending.

But they won't win, so what then? :-?

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Re: Mariano Rivera to START All-Star Game?

Postby curious_george_43545 » Fri Jul 11, 2008 11:40 am

The only reason this seems like a good idea at all, is that if the AL is losing Rivera coming in wouldn't mean anything, but this still seems silly. I'm not really a fan of him, but whether the game is close or not watching him end the game regardless of the score I think would be the best. Not like the All-Star game means anything anyway. }:-)
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Re: Mariano Rivera to START All-Star Game?

Postby RedHopeful » Fri Jul 11, 2008 1:45 pm

curious_george_43545 wrote:The only reason this seems like a good idea at all, is that if the AL is losing Rivera coming in wouldn't mean anything, but this still seems silly. I'm not really a fan of him, but whether the game is close or not watching him end the game regardless of the score I think would be the best. Not like the All-Star game means anything anyway. }:-)

It has nothing to do with the game. It's paying respect to what was a great stadium where so much drama had occured. There isn't a better way to do this than have Riviera throw the first pitch of the game since there is no guarantee Mariano's services will be needed later in the game. Besides, it's fitting to give one of baseball all-time great closers a little props.
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Re: Mariano Rivera to START All-Star Game?

Postby Matthias » Fri Jul 11, 2008 1:46 pm

RedHopeful wrote:
curious_george_43545 wrote:The only reason this seems like a good idea at all, is that if the AL is losing Rivera coming in wouldn't mean anything, but this still seems silly. I'm not really a fan of him, but whether the game is close or not watching him end the game regardless of the score I think would be the best. Not like the All-Star game means anything anyway. }:-)

It has nothing to do with the game. It's paying respect to what was a great stadium where so much drama had occured. There isn't a better way to do this than have Riviera throw the first pitch of the game since there is no guarantee Mariano's services will be needed later in the game. Besides, it's fitting to give one of baseball all-time great closers a little props.

If he pitches 1 inning in the beginning of a blow-out or if he pitches 1 inning at the end of a blow-out, his services are just as, "needed" ... it's just less dramatic.
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Re: Mariano Rivera to START All-Star Game?

Postby RedHopeful » Fri Jul 11, 2008 1:50 pm

Matthias wrote:If he pitches 1 inning in the beginning of a blow-out or if he pitches 1 inning at the end of a blow-out, his services are just as, "needed" ... it's just less dramatic.

Yeah, that's exactly the point...
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Re: Mariano Rivera to START All-Star Game?

Postby pappymojo » Fri Jul 11, 2008 2:05 pm

RedHopeful wrote:It has nothing to do with the game. It's paying respect to what was a great stadium where so much drama had occured. There isn't a better way to do this than have Riviera throw the first pitch of the game since there is no guarantee Mariano's services will be needed later in the game. Besides, it's fitting to give one of baseball all-time great closers a little props.


Francona has other players that he needs to respect as well, legit starting pitchers who deserve to be recognized and honored. Francona has a lot of respect for the game and for Rivera in particular (see 2005 when he coached the all star game).

I think he leaves Rivera as the closer so that the best closer to have ever pitched at Yankee stadium closes the all star game.
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Re: Mariano Rivera to START All-Star Game?

Postby curious_george_43545 » Fri Jul 11, 2008 2:15 pm

RedHopeful wrote:
Matthias wrote:If he pitches 1 inning in the beginning of a blow-out or if he pitches 1 inning at the end of a blow-out, his services are just as, "needed" ... it's just less dramatic.

Yeah, that's exactly the point...


But if it's close and he pitches at the end, it's much more dramatic. B-)

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Re: Mariano Rivera to START All-Star Game?

Postby Marrakesh Express » Fri Jul 11, 2008 2:29 pm

Nothing better than paying respect to this great stadium which will be leveled in the next few years. I wish they would leave the stadiums the way they are. Can you imagine demolishing Fenway Park, or Wrigley? That said Rivera should be in an important part of the game and since you can't assume there will be a save situation starting him will do just that. I also wouldn't be opposed to having him pitch the last pitch of the game but i think it would mean more in the final home game at the end of the season. And they won't make the playoffs so yall can mark your calendars for the the final home game.
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Re: Mariano Rivera to START All-Star Game?

Postby Amazinz » Fri Jul 11, 2008 3:22 pm

The Yankees are the ones who have been lobbying pretty hard for this through Michael Kay.
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Re: Mariano Rivera to START All-Star Game?

Postby acsguitar » Fri Jul 11, 2008 3:47 pm

Amazinz wrote:The Yankees are the ones who have been lobbying pretty hard for this through Michael Kay.


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