By all accounts, the New York Yankees nailed Mariano Rivera tribute day on Sunday. But Mariano Rivera bobblehead day on Tuesday? Not so much.
According to Deadspin, the New York Daily News and the Twitter masses, the Mo bobbleheads were MIA when gates were supposed to open at Yankee Stadium. The bobbleheads hadn't arrived at the park yet. The throngs of fans waiting outside were forced to wait longer, then eventually just received vouchers.
Crucial times like these are when the Yankees have depended on Rivera, baseball's all-time saves leader, the most throughout his career. How about one last save? How close do they keep that jet dedicated to him? Imagine Rivera flying over Yankee Stadium and tossing bobbleheads out to adoring fans, then parachuting to the field while "Enter Sandman" played. Now THAT's a farewell.
Since that's not going to happen, let's just look at some tweets from the scene:
— Kevin Rozell (@Zellyanks) September 24, 2013
— Robert Diaz (@robertdiaz) September 24, 2013
Another photo of the crowd outside Yankee Stadium. I'm THIS close to leaving. Screw the dolls: pic.twitter.com/0iba7F3R5S
— Zack Hample (@zack_hample) September 24, 2013
I want Mark Teixeira to personally hand-deliver my bobblehead. He’s got nothing better to do! — Rob Iracane (@iracane) September 24, 2013
Here's an exclusive pic of my new mariano Rivera bobblehead pic.twitter.com/q9DoG7rFvq
— IsaYankeeDiva (@IsaYankeeDiva) September 24, 2013
@bigleaguestew Not all fans at the Yankees game received Mariano vouchers. It was a mob scene and they were only given out at one gate.
— hmunger (@hmunger) September 24, 2013
The bobbleheads eventually showed up, at 6:48 p.m. ET according to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News. We never heard whether Mariano Rivera somehow saved the day, but it wouldn't be surprising.
Guess what? The Yankees have another bobblehead giveaway at Wednesday night's game. This one is for Charlie Brown dressed as a Yankee. You can bet someone is making sure those bobbleheads are where ever they're supposed to be.