NEW YORK -- Mariano Rivera was amazed at what he saw on the clubhouse TV sets during Tuesday night's game against the Rays. That night's stadium giveaway was a bobblehead doll with his likeness, and thousands of fans lined up to claim one.
"It's amazing, isn't it? I saw, they showed a view from the outside," Rivera said. "And my God, there were like 1,000 people there. Amazing."
Transportation problems delayed the shipment, so the first 18,000 fans were given vouchers they could redeem for the bobbleheads. The Yankees announced during the game that fans holding vouchers could claim their figurines between the third inning and 30 minutes after the game, leading to lines spanning multiple levels of the stadium. Many waited for hours.
On Wednesday the Yankees announced that as a result of the difficulties, they would offer any fan with a ticket to Tuesday's game a chance to redeem it for a free ticket to any game in 2014, excluding Opening Day and Old-Timers Day. In addition, fans with vouchers who did not redeem them on Tuesday may still do so at the ballpark on Thursday, or by mail.
Rivera didn't know much about the situation, saying, "[It's] not my territory."
Josh Vitale is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.