Mets & New York’s bravest honor Mo
The Mets invited the pitcher who has done the best job at throwing the last pitch of games to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Tuesday night’s Subway Series game, probably the last time Mariano Rivera will be at Citi Field in a Yankees uniform. Rivera was honored with a film tribute on the center field video board before handling the duties and making the toss to former Mets closer John Franco.
In the interview room before the game, the start of which was delayed for an hour and a half because of rain, Rivera was presented with a plaque of an authentic fire hose from Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon and another of an authentic call box by New York Fire Department commissioner Salvatore Cassano.
“Mariano has been a great friend to the FDNY for many, many years,” Cassano said. “He has been at many of our widows-and-orphans events. This is just a little token of our appreciation for your last visit at Citi Field.”
Wilpon called Rivera the ultimate fireman in baseball and added, “We have watched you for so many years. It’s a great honor to have you be here for the last time. I wish we could see you in the World Series, but I’m not sure it’s going to happen this year.”
“You never know,” Rivera quipped.
Baseball’s all-time saves leader continued his farewell trip with the two-day visit to Citi Field. He met with long-time season ticket holders and club employees Monday. He made special mention of Jimmy Crupi, a security guard in the visitors bullpen both at Citi and the old Shea Stadium.
“Jimmy’s my man,” Rivera said. “These [plaques] will have a special place in my home. I have enjoyed every game I played here. I saved some games  and blew some games , but it was always special.”
The Yankees activated Joba Chamberlain for the game and designated pitcher David Huff for assignment. Manager Joe Girardi said that first baseman Mark Teixeira and infielder Kevin Youkilis will report to Double A Trenton for injury-rehabilitation assignments. It is possible they may be activated for the upcoming series against the Red Sox beginning Friday night at Yankee Stadium.