Fenway honors Mo with standing O

July, 21, 2013
BOSTON -- When Mariano Rivera trotted in from the bullpen, the Fenway Park crowd rose to its feet. The greatest closer of all-time was coming out to shut down the New York Yankees' biggest rival, and the Boston Red Sox and Yankees fans in attendance began to cheer.

Unlike All-Star night at Citi Field, when Rivera soaked it all in, he barely noticed it this time. He was training his thoughts on retiring the Red Sox, starting with David Ortiz.

For the the 57th time against the Red Sox, the 35th time at Fenway, the 31st time this season and the career record 639th time, Rivera converted the save for the Yankees' 5-2 win.

"I don't want to be rude, but I didn't pay attention," Rivera said of the ovation. "It has always been hard ballgames here. I respect the organization. I respect the fans. That's why I give it back. I play the game the way it should be played."

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Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »



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