Starting Rivera in Midsummer Classic would be ultimate tribute
NEW YORK -- In a world of crazy, outside-the-box thinking, here's one idea that has gained some traction in the Yankees' clubhouse lately: Why not give Mariano Rivera, this generation's greatest closer, a chance to be really appreciated at the All-Star Game?How? Not by letting him get those last three outs; that's too pedestrian. There's no guarantee the American League will need a save, and there's no promise that even if Rivera takes the mound, he'll be pitching in a critical situation. A blowout by either league would render the appearance meaningless.
I don't think it's that crazy. I bet Terry [Francona] would do it. If anyone would do it, it would be him. The guy is awesome.
--Johnny Damon on Mariano Rivera being the starting pitcher for the American League in the All-Star Game