Truth be told, the Oakland A’s didn’t want to see Mariano Rivera pitch against them one more time.
He’s that good – a legend, really. His 631 career saves is a number that boggles the mind.
The A’s would have been more than happy to honor Rivera in a pre-game ceremony, then make sure there was no situation where they’d actually have to face him.
Well, 18 innings of baseball can spoil any plan.