A day that was full of celebration for closer Mariano Rivera (and starter Andy Pettitte), ended on a sour note as the offense couldn’t provide more than one run in a 2-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants.
Andy Pettitte was phenomenal in his final start at Yankee Stadium, throwing seven innings plus, giving up two runs on two hits. Joe Girardi pulled Pettitte in the eighth inning after giving up a double, replacing him with David Robertson. Robertson gave up the lead run and the Yankees couldn’t get the big hit with men on base when they had the chance to in the 7th and 8th innings. Mariano Rivera came in to get the last five outs of the ball game on his special day, making his day even more magical despite the loss.
– The Yankees ceremony for Mariano Rivera was inspiring for such an amazing person. My highlight for the ceremony: the fact the Yankees brought the band Metallica to perform “Enter Sandman” live while Rivera came out of the bullpen before the game. I also loved the fact Metallica got Rivera an amp with his name and number on it to match his new guitar, given to him by the San Francisco Giants
– The Yankees also did something that is rare, but is well deserved. They retired Mariano Rivera’s #42 and gave him a plaque in Monument Park. Now the generation that witnessed Rivera pitching will have a story to tell to their children and grandchildren, saying they saw a legend.
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