This past Sunday, I went with my dad to see the New York Yankees play the San Francisco Giants. Not that big a deal (we catch games fairly regularly) except this was the game that included the ceremony honoring closer Mariano Rivera aka The Sandman. I could say a lot of things about the event but doing so would require me to get over last night and seeing Mo’s reaction to his official exit of the mound. I can’t do that right now. I’m a New Yorker, I’m a Yankee fan, I’m a Mo fan. I’m affected.
They say that the act of clapping is an evolution of the hug; we clap (tiny, personal hugs of our own hands around themselves) when actual hugs of appreciation aren’t possible. This video from last night’s game displays that perfectly because all any of us truly want to do is hug Mo in gratitude. I’m way more emotional about this than I thought I would be. Then again, this man has been an inspiring addition to my life, this city, and all of major league baseball since the start of his career. How can I not feel his retirement at a soul deep level?
Here, watch the video. I’m gonna go see if I can stop quietly sobbing at my desk now.