Mariano Rivera reacts to bobblehead snafu

09/25/2013 6:04 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

The Yankees had to give vouchers to fans expecting to get Mariano Rivera bobbleheads before Tuesday night's game.(AP)
"That's not my territory…but if it was up to me, it would've been done."

Those were the jocular words of Mariano Rivera on Wednesday, addressing a topic the ever-humble closer never thought he'd have to worry about - chaos surrounding distribution of a likeness of himself.

On Tuesday, the Yankees were set to give away Mariano Rivera bobblehead dolls to the first 18,000 fans through the gates, but there was just one problem: as of 5 p.m., when gates were scheduled to be opened, the bobbleheads hadn't arrived.

"There were so many things that happened they couldn't get them on time," "Not that they didn't want to get them on time. There were just so many unfortunate things happened. Car broke, truck broke…they just never got here in time."

According to Yankees PR, both the train carrying the mini-Marianos from their production in Seattle and the truck eventually bringing them to the Bronx had mechanical issues, so the shipment didn't arrive until around 5:30 p.m.

So, as, they entered the gates, fans were given a voucher, and then were told in the third inning via scoreboard announcement where and when to redeem the tickets - a solution that ended with thousands of fans lining up, some for more than an hour, inside the Stadium to get their prizes.

Rivera actually saw a shot of that on television while sitting in the clubhouse before going out to the bullpen, and that caused him to ask what the commotion was about.

"I saw, they showed a view from the outside (of Yankee Stadium), and my God, there were like a thousand people there," he said.

But of course, as is Rivera's nature, he wasn't as much dismayed about the situation as he was surprised that it was all for something honoring him.

"Amazing," he said.

Perhaps there's no more fitting word to describe Mariano Rivera himself, too.

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