words // Brandon Richard
Ahead of Mariano Rivera’s final game at Yankees Stadium last night, Nike Baseball gifted the legendary reliever with a special ‘Sierra Circular’ (Circular Saw) box, named after his famous cutter pitch. The inscription on the box reads:
Mo, Thank You for the Ride.
Thanks for the stunning saves and clutch wins.
Thanks for the starts when you started, and thank you for closing like no one ever has.
Thanks for the amazing composure, and the cutter.
More than all of that, thank you, Mariano, for doing it the right way.
Thank you for playing with the integrity the number 42 deserves.
You always won – and lost – with dignity. And you always inspired so
many with your game, and so many more with the way you played it.
The ‘Sierra Circular’ box includes:
-The custom Destroyer Jacket features the words “Sierra Circular”, the number 42 on the right chest, the American Flag with Phil 4:13 verse on the right sleeve and the Flag of Panama on the left sleeve. The back of the jacket is inscribed with “Cortador” (cutter) and an interlocking Rivera logo.
-The Mariano custom cleat features the number 42 on the tongue and sockliner. The American flag is highlighted under the tongue flap of the right shoe and the Flag of Panama is featured under the tongue flap of the left shoe.
-The Nike Pro Gold Tradition glove is inscribed with his name and jersey number.
-Nike TR MAX 360 features a silver Nike swoosh and “Sierra circular” on the heel and “Cortador” on the tab. The American flag is embossed on the inside of the tongue of the right shoe and the Flag of Panama is on the inside of the tongue on the left shoe.
-Nike cotton men’s short sleeve tee with reflective print.
-Nike True Fitted wool blend hat with reflective “MO42” applique on the front, NY logo and “Cortador” on the sides and Nike Swoosh on the back.
Enjoy a detailed look at Mo’s special pack below.
words // Luis Sanchez
Before yesterday, it was arguable as to who is the greatest closer in the history of Major League Baseball. We can now end that conversation, after Yankee great Mariano Rivera surpassed Trevor Hoffman as Major League Baseball’s all-time save leader with 602. To celebrate one of the biggest accomplishments of Mariano’s career as a member of the New York Yankees, the Swoosh has released this limited edition “Mo Knows Saves” T-Shirt.
Released in limited quantities, the commemorative t-shirt displays the phrase “Mo Knows Saves” on the front chest, similar to the phrase which originated during Bo Jackson’s professional days with the Swoosh. Aside from the classic phrase, we see the number 602 on the back, along with a special Mariano Rivera logo to commemorate Mo’s career-long dominance late in games.
The Nike “Mo Knows Saves” T-Shirt is now available in limited quantities from Eastbay.
words // Nick Engvall
These days it’s rare to see a player stick with one team throughout his career. The big dollar contracts, championship possibilities, and the trend of teams sending even their best players elsewhere when it comes to rebuilding, have all contributed to events like LeBron’s ‘The Decision’ last summer.
The New York Yankees are one of the few organizations that have been able to keep players wearing their pinstripes, even if the cost of keeping them is above market value. The commitment to players from the team, and vice versa, has resulted in one of the most loyal fan bases in all of sports. Sure, New York fans might not be as attentive when the team isn’t winning, but that doesn’t mean they’re not sporting the fan gear and Yankees fitteds through thick and thin. Besides, anybody who gets used to their team winning, will settle for nothing less.
In an era where players jump from team to team than your local taxi cabs make pitstops, Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has been the most dedicated of all players to put on the pinstripes in recent years. Yesterday, when Mo was called from the bullpen against the Toronto Blue Jays, it was his 1,000th appearance, all of which have come wearing a Yankees uniform. Rivera becomes the 15th pitcher to make 1,000 career appearances, but the very first in which all those appearances have come with one team. Ironically, it was Joe Girardi, the current Yankees manager, that was one of the catchers who caught Rivera back in his early years.
To go along with his 1,000 appearances, the future Hall-of-Famer already has a list of accomplishments that include 42 career playoff saves, a 0.71 playoff ERA (the lowest in MLB history), 11 All-Star appearances, and a World Series MVP award in 1999. While Rivera, at 41 years of age, and a year left on his contract, Rivera will likely take over the top spot from Trevor Hoffman before he hangs up his spikes, but along with the greatest reliever of all time will go the number 42 (Rivera is the last to wear the number worn by legend Jackie Robinson), and likely a generation of players that remain dedicated to an organization, and more importantly a fan base.