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September 26, 2013: Mariano Rivera's Last Game At Yankee Stadium

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    September 26, 2013: Mariano Rivera's Last Game At Yankee Stadium

    September 26, 2013: Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte, with two out in the ninth inning, emerge from the dugout to take out legendary closer Mariano Rivera, giving the sold-out crowd at Yankee Stadium one last chance to cheer their beloved reliever. The unexpected visit to the mound, the brainchild of manager Joe Girardi, who asked permission from the umpires to implement the unorthodox move, triggers an emotional encounter between the remaining Core Four teammates that renders Mo speechless as he weeps from the adulation of his friends and fans.
    Mariano Rivera last game at Yankee Stadium:

    On Mariano Rivera’s exit from Yankee Stadium:
    Excerpt from the article:

    "Late on yesterday’s dazzling, post-summer afternoon in the Bronx, each batter and infielder moved and ran with his own autumnal sharp-shadow cutout barely attached at the foot. The brilliant, reminding light was relentless; it never let us up, enamelling the grass at the outset, then producing late-inning gateways of alternate shadow and sun between the mound and home plate that made each pitch flicker in its flight. No, no, you wanted to say: Not so fast. Not yet. (“ONE MO TIME,” said a fan’s held-up plea.) It got late early up there, as Yogi once said, and the outcome we didn’t want arrived just the same, in spite of plaques and speeches. Mariano Rivera’s pregame “Exit Sandman” final-Sunday ceremonies at the Stadium—he’s retiring after nineteen seasons—had been awkwardly merged with Andy Pettitte’s recently announced decision to depart for good, too, after eighteen (all but three with the Yanks), but, because Andy would be starting against the visiting San Francisco Giants and was preoccupied with that, it remained Mo’s day mostly, and sweetly reassuring. Waterford crystal, the comical rocking chair, parents, family, current teammates and old ones. Paulie, Jorge, Bernie, Derek, Tino, manager Joe, Rachel Robinson (Mo, of course, the last player to sport Jackie Robinson’s universally retired uniform number, 42). Michael Kay. Speeches, smiles—Rivera won this category, hands down—and an actual surprise: Metallica, live and in person, there to play his entrance song."

    Legacy of 42: Mariano Rivera’s place in history:
    Excerpt from the article:

    "One of the perks of covering Mariano Rivera’s career was learning not just about his famed cut fastball, but his soul. We spent many hours talking about what mattered most to him. Winning championships was at the top of the list, but so was faith and the pursuit of man’s better angels."
    "All Rivera did was pitch, but he was a model of integrity and class, not just in the Yankees’ universe but throughout the game."

    Exit Sandman: Examining the Box Score of Mariano Rivera’s Final Game:
    Excerpts from the article

    "When Mariano Rivera was announced as the Baseball Hall of Fame’s first unanimously elected inductee on January 22, footage of his final career appearance was a prominent part of the day’s coverage. It shows Andy Pettitte and Derek Jeter sauntering to the mound on September 26, 2013, to take Rivera out of his last game, three Yankee greats uniting one last time."
    "It also briefly showed Robinson Cano and Eduardo Nunez talking a few steps removed from the mound and this gentleman, young and seemingly overwhelmed by the gravitas. His face didn’t immediately register with me."
    "That’s then-22-year-old John Ryan Murphy, now Diamondbacks third-string catcher, during his first major league cup of coffee. In fact, Mo’s last game was Murphy’s third complete major league game behind the plate. Imagine that, a player who was only three years old when Rivera started his career, catching an all-time great’s final game as he only just begins his own odyssey."

    Has Mariano Rivera statistically separated himself from his peers?:
    Excerpt from the article:

    "...compares Rivera to Cy Young and Nolan Ryan. Young won 511 games and the next highest is Walter Johnson at 417. Ryan struck out 5,714 batters, 839 more than Randy Johnson. Does Rivera dominate his peers in a similar way?"

    Overthinking It: Ranking Rivera:
    Excerpt from the article:

    "How good is Rivera, really? And is it possible to compare him to baseball’s best starters?"
    Mariano Rivera: (Biography)
    Excerpts from the biography:

    "Clara Díaz Chacón was a little girl who lived on a street in the fishing village of Puerto Caimito in Panama. A few houses up the road was an elementary school classmate. That boy’s studies ended in the ninth grade, but their paths crossed again when they were teenagers. They became boyfriend and girlfriend, and she was with him when he drove with his family to the airport in Panama City in 1990. Thus he began an adventure that would make him the first unanimous selection to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. The path was illuminated by their deep religious conviction. Clara and their three sons were with him when he heard the news. His name is Mariano Rivera."

    “It gets to the point where you take him for granted. You never want to assume anything, but for the 12 years I have been here, he’s been the greatest assumption of my life. He has put himself in a place where nobody has ever been.” — Joe Torre, 2007

    “I am a simple man who measures his impact by being a humble servant of the Lord and trying to do my best to treat people — and play the game — in the right way.”85 — Mariano Rivera, 2014.
    "The Yankee is one who, if he once gets his teeth set on a thing, all creation can't make him let go." Ralph Waldo Emerson