Mariano Rivera pitches his last game ever in Yankee Stadium, gets removed by Andy Pettitte and Derek Jeter

Mariano Rivera's final appearance at Yankee Stadium ended in the best way possible

9/27/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Blog Photo - Mariano Rivera pitches his last game ever in Yankee Stadium, gets removed by Andy Pettitte and Derek Jeter

Last night, Mariano Rivera appeared in his final game at Yankee Stadium, and Yankees manager Joe Girardi made sure he got the appreciation that he deserved from the fans.

Girardi brought Rivera into the game with 1 out in the 8th inning, so the fans could give him a standing ovation as he entered the game.

With two outs in the 9th, Girardi gave him the hook, since it wasn't a save situation anyway (the Yankees lost to the Rays, 4-0). That gave the fans one more chance to give him another standing ovation that he so richly deserves, after years of excellence as the Yankees' closer.

The most unique part of it was that instead of going out there and doing it like he always does, he sent Rivera's teammates Andy Pettitte and Derek Jeter out to the mound to do the honors. Pettitte and Jeter have been Rivera's teammates almost every year since 1995, aside for a few years when Pettitte was retired or playing for the Astros.

It was an emotional moment at The Stadium, and Rivera teared up a bit as Pettitte and Jeter took him out of the game, and as he acknowledge the crowd.

We still have a couple more chances to see Rivera pitch, and hopefully he'll be able to pick up a save in one of the last few games of the season against the Houston Astros.

We'll miss you, Mo.

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9/27/13   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Mo is one of those guys that make you sit back and say to yourself "I'm fortunate I had the opportunity to see him play the game."

9/27/13   |   Debi_L   |   11848 respect

Every ball player, be it Little League, softball, or City Minors, knows who Mariano Rivera is.  That was beautiful.

9/27/13   |   carlarmm

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He is the greatest closer ever.