The Yankees celebrated their 73rd Old-Timers’ Day on Sunday afternoon. A highlight of the festivities? Mariano Rivera joined the fun. As it turned out, the Hall of Famer had quite the day in store for him.
Mo started his day by pitching to Paul O’Neill. In a most predictable turn of events, he jammed O’Neill and got him to bang into a double play. The Warrior yelped in pain as he headed back to the dugout. For his part, Rivera thought the pitch was hittable. “I threw a cookie to Paul O’Neill and he missed it,” the closer said.
Rivera stole the show a few innings later, though, this time at the plate. He laced a ball into the gap in center field, then he went off to the races. Mo scored on an inside the park homer. Video evidence is in order:
Mariano Rivera hits an inside the park home run! pic.twitter.com/bXbxthoj7Z— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) June 23, 2019
That moment is what makes Old-Timers’ Day special. You can’t make these things up.
Elsewhere on the field, Mo recorded an out in center field and closed the game. He looked like he had a blast, too. It seemed like he has plenty of baseball left in his system. Maybe the Yankees can coax him out of retirement a la Luis Sojo. They could try him out as two-way player!