Originally written on Bronx Pinstripes  |  Last updated 11/18/14

New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera walks back to the dugout after the eighth inning against the Chicago White Sox at U. S. Cellular Field in Chicago on August 2, 2009. The Yankees won 8-5. UPI/Brian Kersey Photo via Newscom

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The 2013 season will be Mariano Rivera’s last (Photo Credit: New York Yankees Media Relations). As seen in my article on Examiner.com. An era of dominance is officially ending. The New York Yankees and Mariano Rivera held a press conference at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Saturday morning, during which time Rivera, on the dais with his wife and two sons, announced that the 2013 season would be his last. After opening with a joke, thanking Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman for waiving the team’s policy of not negotiating contracts prior to expiration and extending him through 2015, Rivera got down to business. “It’s not too easy when you come to a decision like this, but it been a privilege and honor to wear the pinstriped uniform…It’s been a wonderful and great journey… It’s official now. After this year, I will be retired,” a calm and composed Rivera told the crowd. After Rivera’s statement, the veteran closer took questions from the media. Right off the bat, Rivera was aske...
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