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September 27, 2013

What You Need to Know

A Bronx Goodbye

by Daniel Rathman


The Thursday Takeaway
Moments after the Rays defeated the Yankees 4-0, last night, Mariano Rivera went out to the mound. He knelt down, gathered a handful of dirt, and, with that keepsake in hand, bid farewell to the ballpark in which he made 629 career appearances, 53 of them in the playoffs.

The Yankees failed in their attempt to grant Rivera a save situation for the road, but in the end, the way Thursday’s series finale unfolded led to a more touching scene than even the most heartfelt handshake line could have produced. Rivera entered in the eighth inning with runners at first and second, and he made quick work of Delmon Young and Sam Fuld to help rookie Dellin Betances out of a jam. In the top of the ninth, he coaxed a ground out from Jose Lobaton and a popup from Yunel Escobar.

Were the Yankees ahead by a run or two, manager Joe Girardi might have felt compelled to stick with Rivera and give him a chance to record regular-season save no. 653. Under these circumstances, he had something much greater in mind.

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