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The Yankees world reacts to Mariano Rivera and Mike Mussina’s induction to the Hall of Fame

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Yankees universe responded en masse to the induction of two team greats.

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Tuesday’s National Baseball Hall of Fame voting could not have gone better from a Yankees perspective. Mariano Rivera was always expected to sail into the Hall, but it was a genuine thrill to see Rivera become the first unanimous selection in MLB history. Not only that, but Mike Mussina’s time on the ballot also came to an end, with the wily right-hander also receiving induction in his sixth year of eligibility.

Rivera, of course, is among the most beloved figures to every play the game. The entire baseball community embraced him, and it is more than fitting that he managed to find his way onto every ballot, no matter how stingy the voter.

While Mussina is not revered the way Rivera is, it’s still a wonderful surprise that Mussina will get his overdue recognition this year. Mussina was an excellent pitcher throughout a successful period of Yankees baseball, but one that unfortunately did not yield a championship. He had the poor luck to just miss the Yankees’ World Series windows, but at last, he now has the good fortune of being enshrined in Cooperstown.

Here’s what Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner had to say about the announcements, as per Newsday:

“Mariano was a fierce competitor and a humble champion, which has made him such a beloved baseball legend. Success and stardom never changed Mariano, and his respect for the game, the Pinstripes and for his teammates and opponents alike makes this day such a celebration of his legacy. There will be many more great and talented relief pitchers, but there will never be another like him. This is another incredible achievement for Mariano, and a day like today brings me great pride knowing he wore the Pinstripes for each and every game of his remarkable career.”

“I’m very pleased that Hall of Fame voters recognized Mike’s consistently dominant career by honoring him with enshrinement into Cooperstown. While he went about his business in an understated way, Mike was a premier pitcher for almost two decades while competing in the grueling American League East. I’d like to congratulate Mike on this incredible distinction and for his many years of contributions to the Yankees and the game of baseball.”

Every corner of the Yankees community came out to support the two pitchers. Let’s take a look at some of the best bits from across the internet: