PHOTO: Yankees to wear patch honoring Mariano Rivera in final Sunday home game

  • David Whitlock

It’s hard to believe, but Mariano Rivera’s career could be a short 10 games from its conclusion.  With a backdrop of a Wild Card chase that is finding the New York Yankees on the short end of a 2.5 game lead by the Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers with two teams to climb over, it’s possible, but not probable that his last games in Yankee Stadium will wind up a week from today, with his career ending in Houston (of all places) on Sunday September 29 (who planned that road trip).  The Yankees plan to be the first team in history to honor the greatest relief pitcher of all time by wearing a commemorative patch on their hats this Sunday, September 22.  Here is a sneak preview (via New Era and CBS Eye on Baseball):

Mariano Rivera will be honored at Yankee Stadium with a patch (Credit: New Era)

Mariano Rivera will be honored at Yankee Stadium with a patch (Credit: New Era)

Closer view of patch (Credit: CBS Eye on Baseball and New Era)

Closer view of patch (Credit: CBS Eye on Baseball and New Era)

They better stock the souvenir stands with about 50,000 of these, because I can only imagine that all fans will want to remember the history of one of his final games.

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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