A farewell gift for Mariano Rivera 

March, 8, 2013

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Cal Ripken was someone who other players came to know, because as they circled the bases, they chatted with him at second base when he was shortstop, and or at third base when he played there. Young players like Gordon Beckham and Denard Span have good stories about their nerves the first time they spoke with Derek Jeter. David Ortiz is accessible to everybody because, well, he's David Ortiz, someone who wades into the ranks of other teams during batting practice to give big hugs.