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Mariano makes emotional final appearance at Yankee Stadium

Sep 27, 2013, 10:01 AM EDT

source:  The great Mariano Rivera pitched his final game at Yankee Stadium last night. After embarking on something like a farewell tour all season around the country, Rivera said his goodbyes to the Bronx. And it was awesome.

Watch him make the jog out from the bullpen one last time:
And watch Derek Jeter and Andy Pettite come pull him from the game:

Deadspin’s Barry Petchesky has a nice summary of the evening, calling it a “living wake” that felt like a party. NBC Sports’ Joe Posnanski called Mo the “perfect athlete” in his farewell piece. Yahoo!’s Jeff Pasan has a great piece on the evening as well.

NEW YORK – The best gift of Mariano Rivera‘s farewell tour is something he cannot touch. It is the joy of a surprise and the emotion of friendship and the indelibility of a memory and all of the saccharine stuff that belongs on a Hallmark card. Cynicism defines modern sports, and that is all well and good so long as it can find a counterbalance in the tears of a man overwhelmed by happiness fighting sadness.

And Mo gives an emotional goodbye:

  1. 33 - Sep 27, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    If you don’t get at least a shiver down your spine, call a doctor.

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  2. Rufus - Sep 27, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Hey enrico, why dont you move back to New York if you love this man so much. This is the same team that beat us in the 09 ws you dumb pile of trash. Youre a traitor and you should move to that trash bag of a city cslled new york you nimrod. This city disowns you you yankee fan. God, you suck.

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    • Enrico Campitelli Jr. - Sep 27, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      I’ll check Craigslist for n apartment in the Bronx right now.

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    • wow - Sep 27, 2013 at 12:46 PM

      wow. relax man. if you can’t appreciate what Mo did, Yankee fan or not, you’re not even a baseball fan.

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  3. Rufus Jr. - Sep 27, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Who let my dad out of his cage? Go get yourself a slim jim and a pint of milk and relax pops

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