13-time All-Star and five-time World Series champion, New York Yankees’ Mariano Rivera had tears in his eyes as he stood for the last time on the Yankee Stadium mound. What almost did him in was when teammates Andy Pettitte and Derek Jeter came out of the dugout to take him out of the field. ‘This was the realest hug,’ said a comment. While the three hugged and shed tears, the fans stood cheering and clapping; it was a sight to behold.
Mariano Rivera, along with Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, and Derek Jeter is one of the most cherished baseball players. The group admiringly called Core Four, took part in 7 World Series and won an amazing 5 of them, including 3 consecutive in 1998, 1999 and 2000.
As lou212 puts it on Reddit, “For people who may not be familiar with Mariano Rivera and his career, it really is difficult to sum up just how much he has meant to the game of baseball. He is without question and by a large margin the greatest closer to ever live. He dominated a steroid era with a single pitch, a cut fastball. 13 time all star, 5 time world series champion, a tiny 2.21 earned run average and over 1,000 career strikeouts just touch his accomplishments. In 2005 he finished second in the voting for the American League Cy Young Award, given to the top pitcher in the league. This from a guy who was only asked to get three out in one inning a couple times a week. Remarkable. Meanwhile he overcame he overcame what should of been a career ending ACL tear last season to come back this year and finish third in the league in saves. And, to top it all of, he played in the toughest baseball town with nothing short of class and dignity. Truly a walking legend.“