Hardly A Dry Eye As Mariano Rivera Bids Goodbye To Bronx

CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Mariano Rivera put his head on Andy Pettitte’s right shoulder and sobbed. The end had arrived, at least for his career in the New York Yankees’ home pinstripes.

Baseball’s most acclaimed relief pitcher made an emotional exit in his final appearance at Yankee Stadium when Derek Jeter and Pettitte came from the dugout to remove him with two outs in the ninth inning of a 4-0 loss to Tampa Bay on Thursday night.

Rivera bawled during four minutes of a thunderous ovation from the sellout crowd 48,675.

“It’s time to go,” Jeter appeared to tell his old pal when he arrived at the mound.

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Pettitte, who also is retiring when the season ends Sunday, gave Rivera a 30-second bear hug. Jeter followed with a 15-second embrace.


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