New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera and Tampa Bay Rays catcher Jose Molina chat during batting practice before a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, in New York. Rivera is retiring at the end of the season. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
NEW YORK — Mariano Rivera always enters late in the game. His bobblehead doll did the same thing.
The New York Yankees were forced to hand out vouchers for the giveaway honoring the career saves leader to the first 18,000 fans who arrived for Tuesday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays because of a transportation issue.
A public address announcement in the bottom of the third inning said the bouncy figurines were now available to be picked up.
The promotion comes on the opening night of the Yankees’ final three-game home series of the regular season.
Rivera said before the start of the season that 2013 would be his last as a player. The team retired Rivera’s number in a 50-minute ceremony Sunday.