New York Yankees' Derek Jeter, left, applauds as retiring Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte, back to camera, embraces relief pitcher Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning of Rivera's final appearance at a baseball game at Yankee Stadium on Thursday.
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, lovingly called "Mo" by his fans, 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.
-- The Associated Press