Reminder: Don't steal Jeter's equipment
The Yankees brought the outfielder back for Spring Training on this date in 2002, less than five years after trading him to the Padres in a deal that brought Hideki Irabu and Homer Bush to New York. This is significant not because Rivera was a key piece to a playoff team or an exceptional talent, but because of what soon followed.
Rivera went into Derek Jeter's locker - that of his All-Star teammate who had just come a half-inning away from a fourth straight World Series title - one afternoon in Tampa, removed a bat and glove and sold them to a sports memorabilia dealer for $2,500. The Yanks subsequently released him, and Rivera was never given a second chance.
Except when the Yankees signed him again in 2005. But he never saw the Bronx grass and was released a month later.
Also, on this date in 1884, the Washington Nationals purchased Bob Barr from the Pittsburgh Alleghenys for $100. Because, you know, 128 years ago you could buy a baseball player for the same price as an iPod.