Mariano Rivera's bobblehead late to Yankee Stadium

A fan holds up a Mariano Rivera bobblehead doll during the New York Yankees' baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, in New York.
AP Photo/Kathy Willens

NEW YORK Mariano Rivera always enters late in the game. His bobblehead doll did the same thing.

The New York Yankees were forced to hand out vouchers for the giveaway honoring the career saves leader to the first 18,000 fans who arrived for Tuesday night's game against the Tampa Bay Rays because of a transportation issue.

A public address announcement in the bottom of the third inning said the bouncy figurines were now available to be picked up.

"There's a lot of mayhem, people cutting in line, aggravation," Lou Licameli, a fan, told WCBS 880 in New York. "It's ridiculous. And we're sitting here missing the majority of the game, which we bought our tickets to see. The way they handled this, someone's head should roll over it."

The promotion comes on the opening night of the Yankees' final three-game home series of the regular season.

Rivera said before the start of the season that 2013 would be his last as a player. The team retired Rivera's number in a 50-minute ceremony Sunday.