We’ll miss him!
New York Yankee’s closer Mariano Rivera said goodbye to the pinstripes as he played his final game with the team last night.
According to Fox News Latino, the Panamanian made a tearful exit from Yankee Stadium. The pitcher sobbed on the shoulder of his teammate, Andy Pettitte, during a four-minute-long ovation from the sell out crowd of nearly 50,000 people. Rivera, however, was not the only one crying. There was hardly a dry eye in the crowd, as both the Yankees and Rays stood in tribute and held back tears.
“I was bombarded with emotions and feeling that I couldn’t describe,” Rivera said at the game, “Everything hit at that time. I knew that was the last time. Period. I never felt like that before.”
Rivera played until the eighth inning, then was pulled from the game in the ninth by teammates, Pettitte and Derek Jeter. He walked around the mound for the final time with two outs in the top of the ninth, before wiping his eyes and blowing a kiss to the Yankees dugout. At the last out, Rivera remained on the bench as Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” played.
He says he’ll always remember the home finale. “It was amazing,” he said, “A great, great night.”
Rivera's jersey, #42, will be retired following his exit from the team.