Here’s his last appearance on the mound in New York on Sept. 26 (If this video link works correctly, there are multiple clips here):
Pretty cool letting Andy Pettitte and Derek Jeter take the ball from him. Pretty sad that Pettitte is retiring from the game as well. His last pitch was thrown Saturday in Texas. And really, Jeter doesn’t have that much longer to play.
One other note of historic significance: Rivera will be the last player in Major League Baseball to wear the number 42. That number has been retired in honor of Jackie Robinson, whose family was in Yankee Stadium for a tribute to Mariano.
This is one of those instances when you think, “Why wait. Just put him in the Hall of Fame now.”
- Mariano Rivera Pulled by Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte in Yankees Stadium Sendoff (bleacherreport.com)
- Watch Mariano Rivera Leave The Field At Yankee Stadium, Forever (deadspin.com)
- Derek Jeter Says Mariano Rivera ‘Couldn’t Speak’ Through Tears, Yankees Trio Have ‘All Grown Up Together’ (nesn.com)
- Mo, Jeter proud of the way Pettitte completes career (mlb.mlb.com)
- WATCH: Mariano Rivera’s Final Appearance At Yankee Stadium (houston.cbslocal.com)
- Twitter Reacts to Mariano Rivera’s Final Appearance at Yankee Stadium (bleacherreport.com)
- Jeter, Pettitte mound visit perfect ending to Mo’s Stadium finale (nypost.com)