BOSTON - All season opposing teams paid tribute to Mariano Rivera. MLB commissioner Bud Selig will do so Thursday.
Before Game 2 of the World Series at Fenway Park, the 43-year-old Rivera, who retired this year after 19 seasons, will be honored during a pregame ceremony where he will be given the Commissioner's Historic Achievement Award. Rivera plans to attend along with his wife, Clara, and three sons, Mariano Jr., Jafet and Jaziel.
Rivera, baseball's all-time saves leader with 652, recorded 44 saves with a 2.11 ERA in 64 games in his final season. Thursday night will mark the first time MLB has given the award since Ken Griffey Jr. received it in 2011. Past recipients are Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Ichiro Suzuki, Roberto Clemente, Rickey Henderson, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Tony Gwynn, Cal Ripken Jr. and Rachel Robinson.