Blue Jays honor Yankees’ Mariano Rivera
The Blue Jays gave Mariano Rivera something to remember Canada
by in his final trip north of the border with the New York
Rivera was presented with a carving by Inuit sculptor David
Ruben Piqtoukun before Thursday’s game between the Yankees and Blue
Jays. The carving depicts Kiviuq, a popular hero figure in Inuit
legends and stories.
Blue Jays players Jose Bautista, Casey Janssen and Darren Oliver
joined Rivera at a table set up in front of the pitcher’s mound for
the brief pregame ceremony, which also included a highlight montage
set to Rivera’s entrance music, Metallica’s `Enter Sandman.’ Rivera
also received a $10,000 donation to his charitable foundation.
The 43-year-old has said he will retire after this season, his
19th in the majors, all with the Yankees. His 652 saves are the
most in major league history.