Originally posted on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 9/26/13
Mariano Rivera's last ever appearance on the mound at Yankee Stadium lived up to the emotional Exit Sandman hype it was built up to be Thursday night.  The beloved New York Yankees closer threw four outs of no hit ball before being summoned to the dugout by Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte — the three last remaining members of the famed Core Four together in home pinstripes one final time — down 4-0, with two outs in the ninth. Rivera's eyes welled up when he saw manager Joe Girardi summon both Jeter and Pettitte to make the walk over the infield grass and pull the closer from his familiar perch one last time in front of the sold-out crowd. He broke into tears when his longtime teammates hugged him as cheers and chants of MA-RI-AN-O MA-RI-AN-O filled the Bronx stadium. As Jeter approached Rivera — after Mo's symbolic relief outing was through— he simply said to the 19-year veteran, "Time to go." YES announcer Michael Kay then concisely put it, "Tears and perfection." Rivera th...
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