Fans Excited To Pay Tribute To Mariano Rivera

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Sandman is taking another big step toward exiting baseball Sunday.

The Yankees’ retiring closer is being honored before the game on “Mariano Rivera Day,” creating an energy and excitement among fans at Yankee Stadium, WCBS 880′s Peter Haskell reported.

Peter Ponville made the trip from Huntsville, Ala., to say goodbye and thank you to the future Hall of Famer.

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  • Fans Excited To Pay Tribute To Mariano Rivera
  • WCBS 880′s Peter Haskell reports.

“It’s monumental,” he said. “I mean, it’s once in a generation that you get to see someone who’s had the excellence that Mariano has, his whole career culminating in one day as of today.

“I think it’s just his desire to excel. He never did get caught up into his own hype. He just went out there and executed what he knows best.”

But Sunday’s game against the San Francisco Giants won’t be all about Rivera. Andy Pettitte, who announced his retirement Friday, is making what could be his final start at Yankee Stadium.

Barring an unlikely run to the postseason, Pettitte takes the mound for the final time at home Sunday when the Yankees, who …read more    

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