On Sunday, The Boston Red Sox will honor the man who has 58 of his 651 career saves against them, Yankees' pitcher Mariano Rivera on Sunday. The Yankee closer, who's the all-time career saves leader will be honored in a pre-game ceremony. Rivera has made more appearances at Fenway Park than any visiting reliever in the stadium's history.
Rivera, 43, is in his 19th and final season with the Yankees. This will be Rivera's last series visit to Fenway Park (unless the Red Sox and Yankees play in the playoffs).
This won't be the first time the Red Sox and their fans have honored Rivera. On April 11, 2005, Rivera was given a standing ovation as players were introduced at Fenway Park prior to the Red Sox home opener against the Yankees. Of course the fans gave him an ovation because the Red Sox got the World Series by beating Rivera and the Yankees in the ALCS. The Red Sox eventually ended their World Series drought by beating the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2004 World Series. Rivera responded by tipping his cap to the Fenway crowd.
Here are some facts about Rivera and the Boston Red Sox:
Rivera has 16 regular season blown saves against the Red Sox, which is the most vs. any team. That is the most blown saves by a single pitcher vs. any team.
Rivera has more victories (13) over the Red Sox than he does any other MLB team.
The first Red Sox hitter to hit a homerun vs. Rivera was Manny Ramirez on June 4, 2001. Rivera did blow the save, but got the win because Luis Sojo hit a single in the bottom of the ninth to win the game.
Rivera has six postseason saves against the Red Sox, which are the most against any team.
In seven playoff appearances at Yankee Stadium vs. the Red Sox, Rivera has converted all three of his save chances. Rivera also has not allowed a run.
Rivera had a streak of not allowing a stolen base in his first 48 appearances against the Red Sox. The streak ended during the 2004 regular season when the Red Sox had steals in two different games against him.
The Red Sox of course got another one in the 2004 ALCS by hero Dave Roberts, which the only Rivera allowed in his 12 postseason games against them.
On Oct. 16, 2003, Rivera pitched three scoreless innings against the Red Sox in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS. This allowed Yankee third baseman Aaron Boone to win the game and the American League Pennant with a walk-off home run leading off the 11th inning.