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Mariano Rivera smiles when presented with a painting of his response to the ovation he got at Fenway in ’05.
Mariano Rivera smiles when presented with a painting of his response to the ovation he got at Fenway in ’05.jim davis/globe staff

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The gifts from the Red Sox, including the donation to Mariano Rivera’s charitable causes in his native Panama, were all nice as the Sox paid tribute before Sunday night’s game to Rivera’s tremendous career. But was “roasting” the retiring Yankees closer for the 2004 postseason, perhaps the lowest moment in Rivera’s career, appropriate?

In the eyes of the beholder, we suppose.

A few Yankees officials and media members we asked right after the ceremony had some raised eyebrows.

“It looked like more of a tribute to the 2004 Red Sox than to Mariano,” said one Yankees scribe.

“Did you think they rubbed in 2004 a little bit too much?” asked one Yankees official.

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