This past Saturday, the Yankees visited Fenway Park.
Before the game, as he does every time the Yankees visit a ballpark this season, Mariano Rivera met informally with a mix of longtime Sox and Fenway employees and local fans, including the two brothers who lost their legs in the Boston Marathon bombing.
In the 9th inning of the game that afternoon, Mariano entered the game to a huge ovation from the Fenway faithful. Mo earned his 31st save of the season allowing one hit while striking out two.
Then Saturday evening, Mariano dined at Abe & Louie’s, and as first reported by FOX broadcaster Kenny Albert who was also dining at the restaurant, the entire restaurant applauded for the great closer.
According to the Wall Street Journal, “At one point, it finally came to a crescendo,” said Albert. “Basically the entire restaurant was clapping for him.”
After dinner, a few restaurant employees asked him to pose for photos, so Mo did. A woman at a nearby table was celebrating her birthday, so Rivera posed for a photo with her, too.
“It was almost presidential, the way you’d see a president walking from table to table,” Albert said. “It wasn’t one of those situations where he wanted it to be over with and then head elsewhere. It was the exact opposite. Very deliberate, taking his time, saying hello to people.”
Rivera said, “I didn’t know the reaction would be like this. I didn’t know they have so much respect, or follow or like what I do. I don’t know. I don’t know what to say.”