Mariano Rivera may have suited up for the last time, but Major League Baseball continues to find ways to honor the greatest closer ever.
Proud to honor Mariano Rivera and his Commissioner's Historic Achievement Award! https://t.co/4DYN0jDfFf— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) October 24, 2013
The award is not given out every year and is given at the discretion of the commissioner. The first award was given to Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire in 1998 for their part in the historic home run chase. Among the other awardees have been Tony Gwynn, Cal Ripken Jr., Roberto Clemente (posthumously) and Ichiro Suzuki.
Here's how Rivera responded to receiving the award and how Selig feels about him:
"He became the face of baseball for this generation." - Commissioner Bud Selig on Mariano Rivera. #Yankees— New York Yankees (@Yankees) October 24, 2013
Commissioner Selig calls Rivera "Unequivocally, the greatest relief pitcher in the history of the game." pic.twitter.com/CnHSnngMt8— MLB Public Relations (@MLB_PR) October 24, 2013
Here's how the Twitter world reacted to him being honored at Fenway Park:
For Mariano Rivera to get a standing ovation on the field of his biggest rivals shows how much of a legend he is. Props to Red Sox fans too— louis (@longlivelouiss) October 24, 2013
The fact that Mariano Rivera gets an ovation like that at Fenway really says something #42— Andrew Chapman (@AChapman50) October 24, 2013
Awesome to see and hear the respect from the fans at Fenway and the Red Sox for helping honor Mariano Rivera tonight. #entersandman— Brett Olson (@Olson_Brett) October 24, 2013
Rivera is certainly deserving of all the accolades he received and it's only a matter of waiting the five years before he'll be enshrined in Cooperstown.
It was a night that may have seemed weird given the place Rivera was honored. But it's hard to deny Mo wasn't deserving of the award.
He has set the gold standard for the way to carry yourself on and off the field. It's the reason why fans (even in Boston) can cheer for him, despite how many times he broke their hearts.