Twenty years ago, on October 21, 1998, infielder Ruben Rivera got a hit off of his cousin, Yankees closer Mariano Rivera in the 1998 World Series. The hit mattered not, as the Yankees went on to sweep the Padres when the next batter hit into a double play and the next Padres batter became the final out of the series.
That World Series game was the only time Rivera faced Rivera. Ruben, the younger cousin, had been signed by the Yankees in 1990, making his major league debut in pinstripes on September 3, 1995. He played 46 games with the Yankees in 1995 and 1996.
Ruben was traded to the Padres in 1997. He would later play for the Reds, Rangers, and Giants. His final MLB appearance was in 2003 for the Giants.
However, that was not the end of Ruben Rivera’s baseball career. Rivera continued to play in the minors for both the Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox from 2003-2006. In 2007, he made bed on to the Mexican League where he played for several teams before being traded to the Acereros de Monclova – where he still plays today.
Not a bad career. I’ll be keeping an eye on Ruben and his continued career in the Mexican League. I wonder if Mariano ever goes to see him play.