Mariano recognized for record before Game 1

Mariano recognized for record before Game 1

NEW YORK -- The Yankees honored Mariano Rivera for his all-time saves record before the first game of Sunday's day-night doubleheader against the Boston Red Sox.

Rivera surpassed Trevor Hoffman for the most saves in baseball history on Monday against the Rays, and in recognition, the Yankees commissioned a Waterford Crystal fireman's helmet bearing the record-setting No. 602 as well as an image of Rivera. The crystal was hand-crafted in Ireland with copper-wheel engraving.

Teammate Jorge Posada first presented Rivera with a Fire Department of New York helmet bearing No. 602, then helped unveil a framed, matted collage that features 15 of Rivera's Topps baseball cards and the title "Best Ever."

In addition, Steiner Sports presented Rivera with a "602nd Save Timeline Collage" and a check for $25,000, made out to the Mariano Rivera Foundation and earmarked to help with the restoration of the North Avenue Church in New Rochelle, N.Y.

The event was similar to one held earlier in the season to honor Derek Jeter for becoming the first Yankees player to reach the 3,000-hit plateau.

The gifts for Rivera were plenty. The Yankees, Hublot and Manfredi Jewels also presented him with a one-of-a-kind Hublot Aero Bang Steel Ceramic watch, featuring a steel case and bezel with black skeleton dial and black rubber strap. The custom job carries the "Mariano Rivera 602 Save" logo on the back of the case.