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12 sports shout-outs for 2013

A tip of the cap to the individuals, teams, and organizations whose actions in 2013 put sports in a more positive light in various ways.

- Ross AtkinStaff writer

New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera gave a thumbs-up sign to a fan after he was honored before the last regular season MLB baseball game he played against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, May 12, 2013. (DAVE KAUP/REUTERS)

1. To Mariano Rivera, the Yankees record-setting relief pitcher…

…for arranging the classiest big-league retirement tour ever.  Rivera sat down with groups of people who work behind the baseball scenes at every ballpark the Yankees visited – vendors, equipment managers, secretaries, etc. He thanked them for their service to the game he loves during pregame conversation circles.

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