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Fireworks explode over Citi Field after Wednesday night’s game between the Mets and Diamondbacks. Mets fans outlasted a long rain delay and a loss before being rewarded with fireworks. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

GALLERY: Fourth of July at the Ballpark

Fireworks explode over Citi Field after Wednesday night’s game between the Mets and Diamondbacks. Mets fans outlasted a long rain delay and a loss before being rewarded with fireworks. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
GALLERY: Fourth of July at the Ballpark

On July 2, the Twins gave Mariano Rivera a retirement gift in a pregame ceremony: a rocking chair made in part from broken bats with the inscription, “Chair of Broken Dreams.” Rivera smiled widely. “I was expecting someone to do something like that with broken bats, but that was, that was awesome,” he said. “That was great. That was wonderful. Made me laugh a lot.” (Jim Mone/AP; Brian Ekart/Icon SMI)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Mariano Rivera

On July 2, the Twins gave Mariano Rivera a retirement gift in a pregame ceremony: a rocking chair made in part from broken bats with the inscription, “Chair of Broken Dreams.” Rivera smiled widely. “I was expecting someone to do something like that with broken bats, but that was, that was awesome,” he said. “That was great. That was wonderful. Made me laugh a lot.” (Jim Mone/AP; Brian Ekart/Icon SMI)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Mariano Rivera

Homer Bailey pitched his second no-hitter in 10 months on July 2, 2013, becoming the first player in baseball to throw MLB’s two most recent no-no’s since Nolan Ryan in 1974-75. (Al Behrman/AP)

GALLERY: Most Recent No Hitters, By Team

Homer Bailey pitched his second no-hitter in 10 months on July 2, 2013, becoming the first player in baseball to throw MLB’s two most recent no-no’s since Nolan Ryan in 1974-75. (Al Behrman/AP)
GALLERY: Most Recent No Hitters, By Team

16-year-old Bryce Harper both pitches and catches for Las Vegas High in the same game against Silverado High during the NIAA 4A Sunrise Region Championships on May 14, 2009.  (Robert Beck/SI)

GALLERY: The Phenomenal Bryce Harper

16-year-old Bryce Harper both pitches and catches for Las Vegas High in the same game against Silverado High during the NIAA 4A Sunrise Region Championships on May 14, 2009.  (Robert Beck/SI)
GALLERY: The Phenomenal Bryce Harper

White Sox pitcher Rich “Goose” Gossage throws from the mound in the shorts worn by the team for three games during the 1976 season. (Diamond Images/Getty Images)

GALLERY: Ugliest Uniforms in Sports History

White Sox pitcher Rich “Goose” Gossage throws from the mound in the shorts worn by the team for three games during the 1976 season. (Diamond Images/Getty Images)
GALLERY: Ugliest Uniforms in Sports History

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Bob Uecker clowns around with a tuba near the bleachers at Busch Stadium in St. Louis before Game 2 of the 1964 World Series. (AP)

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Bob Uecker clowns around with a tuba near the bleachers at Busch Stadium in St. Louis before Game 2 of the 1964 World Series. (AP)

James Gandolfini tips his cap to the crowd after reading the farewell speech of Yankee legend Lou Gehrig as part of Project ALS Day prior to the New York Yankees game against the Boston Red Sox on June 1, 2002 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, NY. (Jeff Christensen/Reuters)

GALLERY: Sports Fan James Gandolfini

 

James Gandolfini tips his cap to the crowd after reading the farewell speech of Yankee legend Lou Gehrig as part of Project ALS Day prior to the New York Yankees game against the Boston Red Sox on June 1, 2002 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, NY. (Jeff Christensen/Reuters)
GALLERY: Sports Fan James Gandolfini
 

A torn hamstring in 1993 forced Edgar Martinez into the DH full-time but certainly didn’t derail his career. Martinez won the batting title in 1995 as a DH, hitting .356, and belted more than 25 home runs in five seasons. His career numbers of .312 batting average, 309 home runs, 1,261 RBI and .933 OPS demonstrate the consistent threat Martinez provided in the Mariners’ batting order. (Rich Frishman/SI)

GALLERY: Top 10 Designated Hitters of All Time

A torn hamstring in 1993 forced Edgar Martinez into the DH full-time but certainly didn’t derail his career. Martinez won the batting title in 1995 as a DH, hitting .356, and belted more than 25 home runs in five seasons. His career numbers of .312 batting average, 309 home runs, 1,261 RBI and .933 OPS demonstrate the consistent threat Martinez provided in the Mariners’ batting order. (Rich Frishman/SI)
GALLERY: Top 10 Designated Hitters of All Time

Lou Gehrig plugs his ears as Babe Ruth blows into a saxophone in 1928. (Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Lou Gehrig

Lou Gehrig plugs his ears as Babe Ruth blows into a saxophone in 1928. (Mark Rucker/Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Lou Gehrig

Ken Griffey Jr. poses with his father, Ken Griffey Sr. while playing in the Class A California League in April 1988.  While playing together on the Mariners in 1990, the duo hit back-to-back homers, the only father-son pair in history to do so. (V.J. Lovero/SI)

GALLERY: Like Father, Like Son (or Daughter)

Ken Griffey Jr. poses with his father, Ken Griffey Sr. while playing in the Class A California League in April 1988.  While playing together on the Mariners in 1990, the duo hit back-to-back homers, the only father-son pair in history to do so. (V.J. Lovero/SI)
GALLERY: Like Father, Like Son (or Daughter)

During a Pedro Martinez-Roger Clemens showdown in Game 3 of the 2003 ALCS, Yankees bench coach Don Zimmer, 73, lunged toward the Red Sox right hander and ending up with a faceful of Fenway sod. Later in the game New York reliever Jeff Nelson and right fielder Karim Garcia got into a fight with a Fenway Park groundskeeper after he cheered for Boston in the Yankees’ bullpen. (AP)

GALLERY: Notorious Basebrawls

During a Pedro Martinez-Roger Clemens showdown in Game 3 of the 2003 ALCS, Yankees bench coach Don Zimmer, 73, lunged toward the Red Sox right hander and ending up with a faceful of Fenway sod. Later in the game New York reliever Jeff Nelson and right fielder Karim Garcia got into a fight with a Fenway Park groundskeeper after he cheered for Boston in the Yankees’ bullpen. (AP)
GALLERY: Notorious Basebrawls

Carlos Gomez ducks out of the way as teammate Ryan Braun tries to douse him with water following the Brewers 4-3 win over the Giants.  Gomez went 3-for-4 with a run and RBI in the game.  (Morry Gash/AP)

GALLERY: Ballplayers Doused by Coolers

Carlos Gomez ducks out of the way as teammate Ryan Braun tries to douse him with water following the Brewers 4-3 win over the Giants.  Gomez went 3-for-4 with a run and RBI in the game.  (Morry Gash/AP)
GALLERY: Ballplayers Doused by Coolers

Atlanta Braves catcher Evan “El Oso Blanco” Gattis took a four-year break from baseball and embarked on a spiritual journey, then returned to the game with a clear mind and a lethal bat. (Pouya Dianat for SI)

Atlanta Braves catcher Evan “El Oso Blanco” Gattis took a four-year break from baseball and embarked on a spiritual journey, then returned to the game with a clear mind and a lethal bat. (Pouya Dianat for SI)

In one of the more embarrassing revelations about Alex Rodriguez, a former A-Rod fling told US Weekly in 2009 that he had two painted portraits of himself as a centaur hanging above his bed. “He was so vain,” the ex told the magazine. “He had not one, but two painted portraits of himself as a centaur. You know, the half man, half horse figure? It was ridiculous.” (Photo composite by Dave Kaye/SI.com; Photo credits: Walter Iooss Jr./SI, Colin Anderson/Brand X/Getty Images)

GALLERY: A’Rod’s Most Embarrassing Moments

In one of the more embarrassing revelations about Alex Rodriguez, a former A-Rod fling told US Weekly in 2009 that he had two painted portraits of himself as a centaur hanging above his bed. “He was so vain,” the ex told the magazine. “He had not one, but two painted portraits of himself as a centaur. You know, the half man, half horse figure? It was ridiculous.” (Photo composite by Dave Kaye/SI.com; Photo credits: Walter Iooss Jr./SI, Colin Anderson/Brand X/Getty Images)
GALLERY: A’Rod’s Most Embarrassing Moments

Ken “The Kid” Griffey was taken No. 1 overall straight out of high school. With his beautiful, majestic swing and spectacular defense in center ield, Griffey quickly became one of the game’s most celebrated players. He retired in the middle of his 22nd season, after enjoying a Hall of Fame career (though injuries marred the second half of it). The 13-time All-Star ranks fifth all time with 630 homers. He won 10 consecutive Gold Gloves and the AL MVP in 1997. (VJ Lovero/SI)

GALLERY: No. 1 MLB Draft Picks Since 1985

Ken “The Kid” Griffey was taken No. 1 overall straight out of high school. With his beautiful, majestic swing and spectacular defense in center ield, Griffey quickly became one of the game’s most celebrated players. He retired in the middle of his 22nd season, after enjoying a Hall of Fame career (though injuries marred the second half of it). The 13-time All-Star ranks fifth all time with 630 homers. He won 10 consecutive Gold Gloves and the AL MVP in 1997. (VJ Lovero/SI)
GALLERY: No. 1 MLB Draft Picks Since 1985