Mariano Rivera stands alone as his AL teammates applaud
in front of their dugout (photo courtesy of New York Daily News).
During Tuesday night’s All-Star Game, fans across baseball experienced one of the classic moments this game has to offer.
Once again, Major League Baseball got it right.
When the bottom of the eighth inning rolled around, American League manager Jim Leyland decided to go ahead with Yankee closer Mariano Rivera in a 3-0 game. The Citi Field sound system began playing Metallica’s “Enter Sandman,” as the one they call “Mo” made his way from the bullpen toward the pitcher’s mound.
He was the only one on the field for roughly the next five minutes.
Players from both teams stood in their respective dugouts and allowed Rivera to take the field at the All-Star Game alone for his final appearance as a player. Everybody stood and the longest ovation of the week ensued.
Mariano Rivera stands with his MVP trophy, a baseball bat,