Mariano Rivera, Mike Mussina Inducted into the Baseball Hall of FamePosted: Updated:
A crowd of approximately 55,000 baseball fans and 58 Hall of Famers came together in Cooperstown to honor the Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2019 Inductees, including Yankees greats Mariano Rivera and Mike Mussina.
Another former Yankee Bernie Williams kicked off the ceremony playing "The Star-Spangled Banner" on his guitar. He later serenaded the crowd with his rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game".
Mike Mussina was the first name called during the ceremony. He spent time discussing his childhood baseball career and recounted his days with both the Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles.
"During my Little League days, I went to my first Major League game at Yankee Stadium," Mussina said. He joked he had no idea how big of an impact that game would have on his career.
The most emotional moment of the day was Brandy Halladay's speech on behalf of her late husband Roy. Roy Halladay, a former Philadelphia Phillie, and Toronto Blue Jay passed away in a plane crash last year. He was inducted in his first year of eligibility. She thanked the Class of 2019, both organizations he played for, and the entire baseball community for their support of her family in this tough time.
Finally, Mariano Rivera closed the show as he was known to do. He started out with a joke asking the audience why he always had to be last but spoke fondly of his time in pinstripes and what it meant to be the second Panamanian to enter the Hall of Fame.
"Playing in Yankee Stadium, it was like pitching for my 55,000 of my closest friends," said Rivera. "You challenged me every day and for that I thank you."
He finished his speech in Spanish for his Panamanian and other Hispanic fans.
"My beautiful Panama, thank you," said Rivera in Spanish. "To represent my people is an honor and a privilege."