Before he left Safeco Field for the last time, Mariano Rivera took a picture with the Mariners grounds crew.
“They asked me, so I did it,” Rivera said.
With saves on Saturday and Sunday, Rivera left Seattle with 19 career saves at Safeco. He’s allowed 17 hits there. Even knowing what it meant for the Mariners, the crowd in Seattle cheered Rivera each time he came into the game.
“For the fans, they like Mariano a lot and they want him to do well,” Ichiro Suzuki said. “But at the same time, the situation that the Mariners were in, they don’t want to see him. They can’t have it both ways. They can’t see Mariano and have the Mariners win. They can’t have both of them.”
Given the choice, the fans seemed to prefer seeing the legend as the Rivera Retirement Tour made it’s final stop in one more city.
“I was looking around,” Rivera said. “It’s my last one, so yes, (Sunday) was one of them. Usually I don’t do it, but (yesterday) I did. Seattle, I have always had good outings here, good numbers. It’s special. I don’t know why, but we always played good here. I was soaking that up a little bit.”
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