Yankees, Marlins enjoying the “Legend Series” in Panama
All photos: Bryan Hoch/MLB.com.
The Yankees and Marlins have both been thoroughly enjoying this trip to Panama for the ‘Legend Series.’ It was a special moment to see Mariano Rivera come out of the bullpen in front of this home crowd on Saturday evening, throwing a ceremonial first pitch to David Robertson in what he called the “passing of the torch” between Yankees closers.
“This one is different. This one is home,” Rivera said. “All the ceremonies I had, I can never thank enough for what they have done for me. But when you come home, it’s home. There’s nothing better than home. Being here and having that ceremony for just that moment; there’s no gift. It’s the gift of being there, the applause, the love and the ovation, that is more than anybody can give you. I cant describe the moment, what I was feeling when I was going through the field to the mound. To see my people, what they did, it was spectacular.”
The atmosphere was festive and loud — with all the honking vuvuzelas, it sounded more like a soccer match. Joe Girardi, an engineering major in college, was thrilled by the Yankees’ visit to the Panama Canal on Friday, part of a whirlwind of events that also included a visit to a childrens’ hospital and a fundraising gala event.
“When you look at the canal and the construction of it, it’s been open a hundred years, and how important it is to our world – it’s kind of in awe at really how it operates and what they had to do to build it,” Girardi said. “To see the GE system that they used for 85 years or whatever, it still works as a backup — it’s basically a monstrous computer. I got to walk underneath and see all the wires. It’s really neat.”
What could possibly spoil the trip? Well, who would have guessed that the Yankees wouldn’t be able to get a hit all night? Four Marlins pitchers combined to no-hit the Yankees, with Adonis Garcia striking out and losing his grip on the bat for the final out. It’s only Spring Training, but Joe Girardi said that no matter what level, no matter the type of game, you never want to see that happen.
The weather is beautiful again today in Panama City. Derek Jeter is slated to DH in today’s game, with CC Sabathia eager to get the ball in Panama. Ricardo Martinelli, the President of Panama, is expected to be on hand for the game.