Mariano Rivera’s exit from Yankee Stadium was perfect.
With one out in the eighth inning, the greatest closer in MLB history made his way out of the bullpen for the most iconic entrance in sports one final time in the Bronx while “Enter Sandman” roared from the PA system.
After retiring the last two Tampa Bay Rays batters in the eighth, Rivera came back out for the final frame.
Instead of Rivera finishing the game, though, Yankees veterans Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte, both of whom spent more than a decade as Rivera’s teammates, stepped out of the dugout to make a pitching change and allow “Mo” to receive one last standing ovation in front of the Yankees fans he created so many wonderful memories for.
Rivera’s special moment at this year’s All-Star Game was fantastic, but Thursday night’s scene in the Bronx was on another level. It was one of the most memorable exits in sports history.
Rivera’s 652 career saves is an MLB record, and his mark of 42 postseason saves is 24 more than anyone else. He’s also the last player who will ever wear No. 42.