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via mlb.com Thursday night marked the last home game of the season for the Yankees. It also marked the last time in the history of everything that Mariano Rivera will ever leave the Yankee Stadium mound. With the Yankees trailing the Rays 4-0 with two outs in the ninth inning, Joe Girardi (presumably) sent out long-time teammates of Rivera, Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte, to the mound to take him out of the game. The three shared hugs, smiles and some tears as Rivera left the mound to chants and cheers. He became a Yankee at age 25 and has been the best reliever in the history of the game ever since. At age 43, he will finish his career with 652 saves, a 2.21 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. Truly one of the classiest guys to play in my generation, Rivera is the last player to wear #42 as he was grandfathered in when Major League Baseball retired it league-wide for Jackie Robinson. Aside from the Yankees, bat makers will also suffer as there won’t be nearly the same amount of broken bats with Rivera’s cut fastball out of the league. Here’s video of Rivera’s last walk off the Yankee Stadium mound. Is it dusty in here?
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Mariano Rivera’s appearance on Thursday in The Bronx was the last of his career.
“I’m done” Rivera said before the Yankees faced the Astros Saturday at Minute Maid Park.
Manager Joe Girardi said earlier he would give Rivera the option to change his mind and play Sunday but Rivera erased any doubt.
“I gave everything that I have” Rivera said adding he didn’t want...
The Mariano Rivera goodbye tour is heavy into fatigue territory, but the Hard Rock Café may actually be helping fans sick of the long farewell with its recent announcement.
The chain says it is retiring “Enter Sandman” from all its restaurants except the Yankee Stadium location in honor of Rivera, Darren Rovell of ESPN reports.
The move is meant to honor “one of the greatest...
In a nightmare season that has seen everything has gone wrong for the New York Yankees it continued to go wrong on a special night for the team’s star. Tuesday was Mariano Rivera Bobblehead Night at Yankee Stadium and fans showed up in droves to acquire this tribute to the certain Hall of Famer. Only problem is that the bobleheads didn’t show up. The bobbleheads were coming from...
Mariano Rivera may make a debut on his final weekend before retirement: as a centerfielder.
The 43-year-old closer in his 19th and final big league season has said he’d like to play the outfield.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi says he’s thinking about allowing Rivera to do it this weekend when the Yankees finish their season with a three-game series at the Astros.
(Al Bello/Getty Images)
Tampa Bay Rays 4 — New York Yankees 0
In Mariano Rivera‘s final appearance in Yankee Stadium, the Yankees lose 4-0 to the Tampa Bay Rays.
Ivan Nova started tonight’s game and the first run came in the fourth inning. Evan Longoria hit a run-scoring single. Delmon Young would hit a home run to deep left center to give the Rays another run. In seven...
Mariano Rivera‘s goodbye to Yankee Stadium ended with him sweeping the dirt on the pitcher’s mound into a small pile and collecting a handful to take home. But Yankee Stadium’s goodbye to Rivera was in the top of the ninth, when a Joe Girardi-concocted plan that started with what was really an illegal pitching change created a moment that will be remembered in Major League...
It's not hard to believe that throughout all of the season-long tributes and "farewell" swag piling up in his living room, the gift that Mariano Rivera might end up holding most dearly to his heart after he retires was the opportunity to play center field in a major-league game just once.
Now that the Yankees season is officially kaput, there is a real possibility...
Last Sunday the Yankees honored Mariano Rivera -- by any measure the greatest closer in baseball history -- with a majestic ceremony befitting a player who showed class both on and off the field. Chants echoed throughout the Stadium. Fans said goodbye and gave Mo several standing ovations. Perhaps Thursday night’s final home appearance for Rivera might feel anticlimactic. The team...
Mo leaves the game still pitching at a high level. (Photo: Brandon Steiner)
Roy Halladay isn’t a man of many words. But in this Sports Illustrated article about Mariano Rivera written by Tom Verducci, Halladay says a meeting with Rivera at an All-Star Game event changed his career.
The piece contains quotes from various people around baseball as they pay their respects to a legend...
It's not a matter of if, but when. There will come a day, a day like any other, when the society you know, the civilization that has been going strong for thousands of years, grinds to a halt. It could be peak oil, it could be food shortages, or, as the Yankees showed us last night, it could be a lack of promotional bobbleheads.
And on that day,...
Your browser does not support iframes. There were some truly special scenes at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night as Mariano Rivera made his final career pitching appearance in the Bronx. Rivera entered the game with runners on first and second and New York trailing the Tampa Bay Rays 4-0 in the top of the eighth. […]
A night to remember in the Bronx as the legend himself, Mariano Rivera bid goodbye to the Bronx.
The top of the 9th came and Mariano was on the mound with two outs, when two familiar faces greeted him on the mound.
The moment summed up every memory that has transpired over the course of almost 20 years of Yankee history.
Good bye to the Sandman.
Andy Pettitte and Derek Jeter came out of the dugout to take Mariano Rivera out of the game in his last game at Yankee Stadium during Rays vs. Yankees. Rivera received a standing ovation and was moved to tears by the outpouring of support for his final appearance.
He looked toward the dugout and a smile broke out onto his face. His brothers were coming to get him.
Grinning, Andy Pettitte and Derek Jeter were making the slow walk out to the mound. Pettitte signaled for a new pitcher then put out his hand to take the ball. The smile on Mariano Rivera‘s face slowly disappeared. It was time for him to leave, but he didn’t want...
Normally, YED is my second favorite day of the baseball season (beyond only Red Sox Elimination Day), and the source of a fun list of insults. But this year, I have to confess, has been different. It's a rare thing to feel anything close to sympathy for the most spoiled fan base in sports, but there it is, really... the three-fold aging with speed for landmark players...