5 Events That Will Make the 2013 MLB Season Stand out in Memory
As the 2013 MLB regular season winds to a close, there are a number of moments that will make this season stand out.
These memories include the end of the career for a major league legend, as well as the start of one, for an emerging star.
When fans look back on the 2013 season in a year or two, these moments should still resonate with them.
Mariano Rivera's Swan Song
The 2012 season was supposed to be Mariano Rivera's last one in the major leagues, but a torn ACL changed those plans. The Yankees' closer wanted to go out on top.
Across the major league, teams set up tributes to the greatest closer of all time. Already the MLB leader in saves, Rivera should be a certain Hall of Famer in five years after he hangs up his spikes for good.
Yasiel Puig's Super Start
Entering the season, there were high expectations for Yasiel Puig. B/R's lead prospect writer, Mike Rosenbaum, had high praise for Puig entering the year.
It can certainly be said that Puig lived up to. and exceeded. expectations this year by hitting .407 with eight home runs in his first 34 games. Bleacher Report's Zachary D. Rymer compared Puig to vaunted slugger Vladamir Guerrero after his hot start to the year.
Although Puig has cooled down a bit, the impact that he has had for the Los Angeles Dodgers this season will be remembered.
Jose Fernandez's Rookie Year
Jose Fernandez did not need much time after being selected out of high school with the 14th overall pick in the 2011 MLB draft by the Miami Marlins. After just 27 minor league starts, none of which come above High-A, the Marlins decided to star Fernandez in the majors in 2013.
There were obviously questions as to if this was the right move, but Fernandez answered them all with his outstanding year. He went 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA, which trailed only Clayton Kershaw in the National League. Fernandez leads the NL in H/9 and K/9 and was deservingly named an All-Star this year.
When things are said and done, Fernandez should take home the NL Rookie of the Year Award.
Todd Frazier Homers for Teddy
The Cincinnati Reds have had Teddy Kremer, an adult with Down syndrome serve as their bat boy on multiple occasions. One of the most touching moments of the MLB season came during one of the games when Teddy was serving as the Red's bat boy.
With the Reds up big, Teddy asked Todd Frazier to hit a home run for him, and Frazier delivered. The celebration after the home run, as well as the post-game interview with Teddy and Frazier are both heartwarming moments.
Boston's Pregame Tribute to the Bombing Victims and David Ortiz's Speech
The unspeakable events of April 15, 2013, caused both fear and destruction in the city of Boston. Throughout the tragedy, the city of Boston stayed strong.
When the Boston Red Sox returned to Fenway Park, they paid tribute to both the victims of the tragedy as well as the first responders.
Instead of wearing "Red Sox" across the front of their jerseys, the team wore uniforms that said "Boston" on the front.
David Ortiz gave an emotional pregame speech that will be remembered for years to come. The speech and the reaction from the fans was symbolic of the strength that the city had displayed during the few harrowing days.