NEW YORK CITY (AFP) – Mariano Rivera earned MVP honors after a flawless eighth inning to lead the American League to a 3-0 win over the National League in the Major League Baseball all-star game.
The New York Yankee star and the rest of the American League pitchers had a three-hit shutout in Tuesday’s 84th edition of the Midsummer Classic.
“Priceless, again priceless,” said Rivera, who was given the keys to a 2014 blue Chevrolet Corvette Stingray for his efforts. “There is nothing better than this. I appreciate every bit of it.”
The 2013 all-star game turned into a pitching duel with the American League using a half dozen hurlers, including the 43-year-old Panamanian who was appearing in his 13th all-star contest.
Rivera, who usually enters in the ninth for his New York Yankees, joined the game in the eighth and easily dispatched all three batters he faced.
Rivera got a standing ovation from not only the boisterous crowd at Citi Field stadium — the home of the New York Mets — but players and managers from both teams who came out of their dugouts to cheer him.
Rivera said he spoke to AL manager Jim Leyland about doing something special before Tuesday’s game. As is the tradition in Yankee Stadium, Rivera left the bullpen and jogged on to the field to the sounds of the “Enter Sandman” song by the Los Angeles rock band Metallica.
“It was special. To see the fans cheering and both teams standing out of the dugouts, managers, coaches and players,” Rivera said.