Leyland On Mariano Rivera: “You Will See No. 42 Pitch”
NEW YORK – All-Star Game, this city, impending retirement … um, yes. Barring some freak thunderstorm or monsoon, the closest thing to a guarantee tonight at the 84th All-Star Game is that legendary closer Mariano Rivera will pitch.
“I assume he is going to come in very healthy and you can rest assured, he will be on the mound at some point,” American League manager Jim Leyland says. “You will see him pitch. Whether it be to a hitter, an inning, depending on how the game goes, obviously.
“But you will see No. 42 pitch.”
And no question, it should be a very emotional moment. Rivera’s presence alone is a highlight to the players here this year.
Source: Scott Miller, CBS SportsLeyland On Mariano Rivera: "You Will See No. 42 Pitch" by Blake Bass