Rivera was given a call box and hose nozzle, mounted on a plaque, from the Mets and FDNY commissioner Sal Cassano during the press conference.
The gifts were intended to acknowledge Rivera's success as a closer, as well as his strong bond with the New York Fire Department.
"I wish we could play you in the World Series, but I don't think that's going to happen," Wilpon told Rivera.
It was fine. I actually like Rivera, so long as he isn't pitching against the Mets. He's a class act and awesome at what he does, so much so that he's made living up to his standards an impossibility for every other team in the league. The Yankees will learn that lesson soon enough.
That said, first pitch? Really!? That's just awkward. I wonder if a guy has ever thrown out a first pitch, then pitched in the game later that night. As I said this morning, I think the whole public love fest for active, opposing players - even if they're all-time greats - is a little weird. But, to each his own, it's the era we live in...
Frankly, despite it being true or not, Wilpon's public remark to Rivera is more disturbing than anything that is happening on field tonight.