Baseball has been honoring Mariano Rivera all year long after the player most regard as the greatest closer of all time announced that this year would be his last. The lovefest continued at Tuesday night’s All-Star Game.
Rivera was called on for the eighth inning, and Citi Field pumped the usual strains of his entrance music, “Enter Sandman,” as he ran in from the bullpen. The crowd rose to its feet to honor Rivera, but the tribute didn’t stop there — Rivera got the whole field to himself as his teammates stayed in the dugout rather than jogging to their spots, letting Rivera soak up the well wishes.
Rivera said afterward that he was moved by the moment.
"When I got to the mound, I see both sides, both teams on the dugout, and it was amazing, it almost made me cry." - Mo—
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Rivera had no trouble retiring the National League side in the eighth, and he was named the game’s MVP.
Watch Rivera take the mound at the All-Star Game in the video below.