Game 159: Mo’s Final (Home) Game

Ticket prices for Mariano Rivera's final home game dropping
A Yankee Stadium farewell to Mariano Rivera
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(Maddie Meyer/Getty)

This is the final home game of Mariano Rivera‘s career. I can’t believe it. I don’t want to believe it. The Yankees have already been eliminated from the postseason and Rivera’s farewell tour is pretty much the only reason worth tuning in. Joe Girardi has already confirmed Mariano will pitch tonight regardless of score, and you can be sure the ovation and “Mar-ee-a-no!” chants will be long and loud. It’s going to be amazing. I can’t want but I never want it to come. Here’s the lineup that will face right-hander Alex Cobb:

  1. RF Ichiro Suzuki
  2. 3B Eduardo Nunez
  3. 2B Robinson Cano
  4. DH Alfonso Soriano
  5. CF Curtis Granderson
  6. 1B Lyle Overbay
  7. LF Zoilo Almonte
  8. SS Brendan Ryan
  9. C J.R. Murphy

And on the mound is righty Ivan Nova, making his final start of the season. He’s been one of the few positives this year regardless of what happens tonight.

The weather is fine in New York, so they won’t have any trouble getting the game in. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm ET and can be seen on YES. Enjoy.

Rotation Update: Andy Pettitte‘s last start has been pushed back a day, so he will start Saturday instead of Friday. The Yankees currently have both Friday’s and Sunday’s starters listed as TBA. Friday’s start was supposed to go to the Phil Hughes/David Huff tandem before they had to spot for CC Sabathia and Sunday’s start was supposed to go to Hiroki Kuroda. Guess they’re shutting him down. Brett Marshall and Adam Warren are the obvious replacement options, though I suppose they could go with a bullpen game on Sunday. We’ll see. Not exactly a big concern.

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Ticket prices for Mariano Rivera's final home game dropping
A Yankee Stadium farewell to Mariano Rivera
  • Lukaszek

    Come on Yanks, win one for Mariano. Just one Mo’ time

    • Lukaszek

      Also they should the River Avenue around Yankee Stadium to Rivera Avenue

  • Kenny

    Win it for Mo.

  • forensic

    Andy Pettitte‘s last start has been pushed back a day, so he will start Friday instead of Saturday

    Wouldn’t being pushed back a day mean he’s starting on Saturday instead of Friday, not the other way around?

  • Kenny

    Was thinking about going today, but glad my final opportunity to see Mo live was on Sunday.

  • vicki

    there goes the no/no.

  • Patrick

    Pretty lame effort by Cano on Zobrist’s soft single up the middle….

  • WhittakerWalt

    Cool, Ichiro’s leading off!

    *GUNSHOT*

  • JGYank

    And Cano grounds into a dp in a 3-1 count. Why do guys swing on 3-1? You are one pitch away from a guaranteed base. I’m not saying don’t swing at all but guys swing way to often when they are ahead in the count IMO.

    • vicki

      it’s called a hitter’s count for a reason.

    • Rolling Doughnut

      Maybe because after 3-1 his slashes are .375/.623/.675/1.298
      I say let him swing if he wants.

    • WhittakerWalt

      That’s a stretch. Why bother swinging when the bases are loaded? If he walks you it will force in a run!

  • vicki

    dammit, i want my own hot young rookie.

    • Betty Lizard

      Not too much to ask.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    Joe Girardi talking about “respecting the pennant race” is a bunch of bullshit. If he really respected it, the 2011 Rays might not have made the playoffs. If he respected it, Mariano Rivera would’ve pitched the 9th inning of a 7-6 game, with rest coming prior to their series with the Tigers two days later.

    Don’t BS us, Joe.

    • Wheels

      He’s bringing Mo in to pitch tonight matter what, so he’s contradicting himself right there on the “respecting the pennant race” stance.

      • Wheels

        *no matter what

      • Darren

        There’s a difference between bringing in Mo to pitch in a non-save situation and bringing him to play center as if it’s a beer league game.

        • Wheels

          Yeah, I guess so.

    • Psycho Trish

      THIS

    • radnom

      Resting guys for the playoffs is more important than respecting the pennant race. I know Girardi agrees.

      There is a big difference between the situation tonight and your example from 2011.

  • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

    proposed lineup next year every single day
    1. cano (everything except pitcher and catcher)
    2. Mesa (everything except pitcher)
    3. Nova (pitch every inning of every game)
    BENCH
    1.Jesus Montero
    2. Jesus
    COACHING STAFF
    Manager: Chad Curtis
    Hitting, pitching, bullpen, and bench coaches: Shane Spencer, Darrell Rasner, Mike Harkey (he can stay), and your choice each day of David Justice, Curtis Pride, Jeremy Giambi, Enrique Wilson, and Eric Almonte

  • Tom

    So 1 ball out of the infield so far?

    Cobb’s a good pitcher but yeesh…

  • CashmanNinja

    With the way they’re hitting (or..um..not hitting) I say just throw Mo out in CF now and let him get a few innings. It’s not like we’ll change anything for Tampa Bay. We’re not going to hit anyway and at least this will be something fans will remember. This team has absolutely ZERO punch.

  • Psycho Trish

    This team is fucking gutless.

  • Pinkie Pie

    Thanks for putting the game out of reach, Betances, you bum.

  • CashmanNinja

    Betances is young. I’d rather he make mistakes now instead of doing it next year. He’s getting his feet wet. I’m saving my blame for the dudes making tons of money and doing jack shit. I wish Mo would just come in already to play CF and then pitch.

    • Bo Knows

      He also hasn’t pitched in who knows how long, since Girardi would rather trust Joba over any of the other pitchers.

      • Tom

        He pitched 2 days ago.

        I don’t think the issue is rust, the issue is that he isn’t that good. I hope he pans out, but I think it’s longshot, especially as he is out of options next year.

        • Bo Knows

          His numbers since being a reliever and the stuff say otherwise. He’ll be in the pen

          • Tom

            Small. Sample. Size.

          • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

            Maybe.
            But you’d think if they thought much at all of him, he would’ve gotten more of an opportunity while the rest of the pen went to hell this month.

  • Kronk

    Bob Shepard’s voice doing the Mariano intro….love it.

  • Darren

    This feels like dying.

    • FIPster Doofus

      It does. This is utterly depressing.

  • CashmanNinja

    Even though this game has absolutely sucked … at least we get to see Mo.

  • Darren

    35 comments in the 8th inning. Yeesh.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

      Everyone gave up. I’m still watching though.

    • Steinbrenner’s Ghost

      everyone busy watching the season premiere of Glee

  • Wheels

    Rally for Mo.

  • Pinkie Pie

    1st and 3rd, no outs. Just this once Yankees, surprise me in a positive way.

  • Bo Knows

    I think Well’s son is already a better hitter than his old man

  • mustang

    “Andy Pettitte‘s last start has been pushed back a day, so he will start Saturday instead of Friday.”

    THANK YOU JOE!!!!!!!!

    Fly to Houston this weekend and I have tickets for Saturday’s game I was afraid was going to get Warren or Marshall. Thanks to Joe I’m getting Andy’s LAST FUCK GAME! YESSSS BABY!!!

    I been a slave to the wife since I’m gone for 3 days so I’m late but I see by the score that I haven’t missed much.

    Please no recaps.

    • Darren

      I’m happy for you my man! Hope you get a perfecto from Andy!

      • mustang

        THANKS!
        but that would be probably too much to ask.

        I was hoping to watch them clinch, but I guess this is the next best thing. It’s special for me I watch these guys grow up and retire can’t begin to thank them for all they have given me as a fan. I waited 15 years! For this dynasty and they paid back in FULL.

        • Darren

          Totally. good luck!!

  • Tom

    Predictable strikeout is predictable.

    I still think they should cut Wells in the offseason regardless of the luxury tax cost being $0.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Is there room in that volcano for Vernon Wells?

  • SDB

    ANDY!!!!!!!!!

  • Pinkie Pie

    It’s been an honor and a privilege watching you play all these years, Mariano. God bless you.

  • Bo Knows

    I’m about to cry

    • SDB

      Join the club.

  • Need Pitching & Hitting & Defense & Baserunning

    Thanks for everything Mo.

  • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

    That was beautiful.

  • JGYank

    Wow… What an ending here. Was he crying? And pettitte and Jeter out to the mound. Incredible…

  • Darren

    Jeter and Pettitte coming to get Mo….That was amazing. What a terrible beauty this game and life can be.

  • Leg-End

    I have something in my eye.

  • Wheels

    Wow.

  • hogsmog

    Why’d he come in in the 8th, you think?

  • Tyrone Sharpton

    This is probably the saddest moment I’ve had as a fan. I don’t even think Jeter’s retirement will be as depressing; there’s something different about Mo.

  • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

    That was truly surreal.

  • Tom

    That was pretty damn awesome.

  • Adam

    This sounds ridiculous, I know, but this almost made not making the playoffs worthwhile this year.

  • Vern Sneaker

    Fantastic. Everybody watching here crying. That was special.

    • 461deep

      Great night and performance for Mo. Rest of team played terribly the whole series with no zest or energy at all. Hitters pretty much caved for 3 days.

  • LarryM Fl

    Will there be a storybook ending?

  • Darren

    Sorry, what is Kay talking about with Mo having the lowest ERA of all time?

    • Bo Knows

      he has the lowest postseason era of all time, not even close

      • Darren

        Yeah but kay said something abut with the 4 outs Mo got tonight, he now has the lowest ERA of all time. ahh, whatever, he’s a dummy

        • Ethan

          Yeah he claimed Mo has the lowest ERA of any pitcher with 1200+ IP. There are 13 pitchers ahead of Mo, 10 of which have at least 1200 IP.

          I don’t know where the stat came from.

          • WhittakerWalt

            The thing is, Kay is kind of a moron.

          • forensic

            He said since 1913, when it became an official stat. The guys ahead of him accumulated some of their innings before that (though I haven’t bothered to confirm every single guy’s numbers since then).

          • Tom

            Probably making this claim based on the live ball era? (or some distinction)

  • LarryM Fl

    305 million dollar man can’t hit a 5 run HR.

    • WhittakerWalt

      No hustle, skip.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Great moment for Mo. At least the fans at our last home game have something to remember. The game certainly stunk out loud.

  • forensic

    So, Girardi says he’ll manage this one normally because it still counts for the Rays.

    Taking Mo out in the middle of an inning when he’s pitching well is normal?

    Two players going to mound to take out a pitcher is normal?

    Delaying the game for 5-10 minutes for a pitching change is normal?

    Yet again, don’t believe whatever Girardi says.

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

      To be fair, Daley hasn’t been terrible.

    • WhittakerWalt

      Were you really bothered by it?

      • forensic

        This stuff doesn’t really do much for me. It’s sad and all, and it sucks that he’s done, but play/manage the game the right and normal way through it.

        And if you’re going to do it, at least don’t lie through your teeth about it beforehand.

        • WhittakerWalt

          Girardi is rarely honest. But then, most managers lie all the time.
          Anyway, the game was OVER. There were two outs. We were down by 4. That’s as over as it gets.

          • Mikhel

            September 18th, 1993:

            Yankees were still in the race for the AL East, 3 games below Toronto and 12 games still to play after that day.

            Game was 3-1 in favour of the Boston Red Sox who were 8 games below 1st place, bottom of the 9th inning, 2 outs…

            HBP to Mike Gallego.

            Mike Stanley was called to pinch hit, he popped up to 3rd baseman Mike Greenwell who caught it for out 27… BUT… a fan ran a bit before the pitch was delivered and it time was called, the pitch, the pop-up, the out didn’t count. Stanley singled.

            Wade Boggs hit an infield single to second base. A run scored, 3-2.

            Dion James was walked, now the bases were loaded for the Captain.

            Donnie baseball, The Captain batting… Greg Harris, the pitcher, delivered a fastball for strike one, the people were nervous, we knew Toronto had already won 5-1 vs the Twins behind Dave Stewart, the Yanks needed this win… BALL ONE!!! If Donnie could hit it out of the park, if only he could do it again as when he did it back in 1986 for six times… like when he had his streak of consecutive games with a homerun, tied a major league record back then and later tied by Griffey Jr…

            Donnie connected the next pitch, a hard pulled line drive that snuck between first and second base, a run scored, the game was tied, they sent the runner, OH MY GOD BOGGS IS SLOW!!… WAIT!! The yanks took Boggs out of the game and brought in Andy Stankiewicz!! He had a chance, could he do it?… YES!! the yankees won, the yankees won!!

            Mind you… we went crazy at home, yelling like there was no tomorrow, the Yanks were dead and came back, and they came back to show us they had pride, they had courage and they were on the brink of doing what we had dreamt for so many years during the 1980s… and boy they did it in 1994 when the strike took our season away, it was ours, we could taste it… then 1995 broke our hearts and we waved goodbye to Donnie Baseball and welcomed new faces in Andy, Mo and Jeter…

            And then… and then… the magic began, a story that I whished would never end, but it did and with it, Mariano said goodbye and with tears in our eyes, our hearts were broken, not because he is gone but because we might never see a yankee dominate as much as Mariano did for so many years.

            And I can only say: Thank you Mariano, gracias por todos los momentos felices que pasamos viéndote lanzar, sufriendo cuando tus lanzamientos no mordían el plato y fallabas en tu labor monticular, pero sobre todo gracias, por ser quien eres. Gracias Mariano.

    • Darren

      He didn’t say he would manage normally, he said he would show respect for the playoff races. It’s hard to argue that removing Mo with one left in the 9th, with a feeble hitting Yankees team down 4-0, was showing disrespect. Again, playing a pitcher totally out of position is just a bit different ans should be reserved for the denoument of the weekend, if at all.

    • CashmanNinja

      There were 2 outs and it was his last game. We were down by 4, have no offense, and Girardi was conceding the game. When a historic player pitches his last inning he can take all the time he wants.

      • https://twitter.com/KramerIndustry Kramerica Industries

        Forensic is a fair bit obsessive/compulsive. He’s not irritated about this, he’s just kinda like me when it comes to hearing one thing, and then seeing the exact other thing done.

        Don’t feed the line of “respecting the pennant race” when you (Girardi, that is) have failed to do so in prior occasions before and aren’t really doing so here.

        As far as anyone cared, this was undoubtedly the right decision. Joe just didn’t need to make some silly comment about it beforehand.

    • Tom

      Once it go to 4-0 it was over. Bringing Mo in early is not impacting the outcome of the game negatively (if anything it is improving the chances), pulling him 1 out early is impacting things a bit but down 4-0 with 2 out that is a minuscule impact.

      The real impact was Betances being the first reliever in a 2-0 game in the 8th – I have no issue with the move, but Girardi shouldn’t be giving lip service to playing things normally pre-game.

  • Bo Knows
  • Darren

    I just realized we got fucking swept. Fuck.

    • HateMclouth (formerly I’mVernon)

      Psh, I didn’t even consider that until I saw this post. I’m beyond caring about that, haha. Just trying to wrap my head around that last inning.