I don’t care if you love, hate, or are indifferent towards the game of baseball or the New York Yankees. Tonight the coolest pitching change in baseball history occurred in the 9th inning of the Rays 4-0 win at Yankee Stadium. After making his customary entrance to “Enter Sandman” in the top of the 8th inning, the greatest closer of all-time retired all four batters he faced before being lifted for his final time wearing pinstripes. No, Joe Girardi wasn’t the one to make the walk to the mound, it was the Captain (Derek Jeter) and the Yankees all-time strikeout leader (Andy Pettitte) who had that honor. See the emotional video below, but trust me, it got a little dusty even for this die-hard Red Sox fan.
I’m not going to say I’m going to miss watching him work (it was usually pretty painful watching that magic cutter turn bats into firewood) but tonight truly is the end to an historic era for all baseball fans. It will be fun to see Rivera play an inning or two in the outfield in the meaningless final series of the season in Houston, but the ninth inning of Yankees baseball will never be the same again.
There’s no crying in baseball but I think we can all let this one slide.