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Mariano Rivera's Goodbye Turns Us All Into Blubbering Children

It was perfect. I mean, it was all wrong: the Yankees were losing, and the Yankees weren't playing for anything, and he came on in the middle of an inning, and left before the job was done, but maybe all of it is what made everything right. Maybe the complete unreality of the night made the whole thing, down to the… » 9/27/13 9:00am 9/27/13 9:00am

Watch Mariano Rivera Leave The Field At Yankee Stadium, Forever

Tonight marked the last time Mariano Rivera would throw a pitch at Yankee Stadium. With the Yankees trailing 4-0 against the Rays, Rivera retired four batters over the eighth and ninth innings. When Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte came to the mound to take Rivera out, it turned into one of those timeless baseball… » 9/26/13 10:17pm 9/26/13 10:17pm

Gallery: All The Tacky Crap MLB Teams Gave Mariano Rivera This Season

It's looking pretty likely that Mariano Rivera, the greatest closer and one-pitch pitcher in MLB history, will play his last game this Sunday. He holds the saves record at 652, but this only scratches the surface of his statistical dominance. His 2.21 ERA translates to a park- and era-adjusted ERA+ of 205, which is… » 9/23/13 3:56pm 9/23/13 3:56pm

The Red Sox Made Mariano Rivera's Ceremony All About The Red Sox

Throughout his farewell season, Mariano Rivera has been honored by visiting teams with gifts and small ceremonies celebrating his storied career. The Twins gave him a chair made of broken bats. The White Sox gave him framed scorecards from notable appearances. The Red Sox? They made sure to celebrate their 2004… » 9/16/13 11:37am 9/16/13 11:37am

How Jim Leyland Gave Mariano Rivera The Perfect Moment

For all its aggressive pointlessness, the All-Star Game can do ceremony like none other. Last night was maybe the best example of that since 1999, when baseball's All-Century Team took the field at Fenway: Mariano Rivera, with just a few more months left in his singular career, had the field all to himself. » 7/17/13 9:04am 7/17/13 9:04am

Prince Fielder Hitting A Triple While McCarver Recites “Enter Sandman”

Some strange things happened at tonight's All-Star Game in New York. A Kansas City player got a hit, for one. (The last Royal to do that was Bo Jackson.) Yankees closer Mariano Rivera entered the game in a save situation, but didn't earn the save. The weirdest parts, though? That Prince Fielder hit a triple, and Tim… » 7/16/13 11:35pm 7/16/13 11:35pm

Mariano Rivera Sets Another Record And Why In Hell Is He Retiring

Another day, another record for Mariano Rivera. He's the MLB career leader in saves, so naturally every one breaks that record, ho-hum. Friday*, though, he also passed Trevor Hoffman's mark for career 30-save seasons, with his 15th, and he's still going to retire at the end of this season. Which sucks. » 7/13/13 6:35pm 7/13/13 6:35pm