Tuesday, September 13, 2016

This Day In New York Yankees History 9/13: There Is Crying In Baseball

There is no need for a catchy introduction into this one, on this day in 2013 the great Mariano Rivera stepped on the mound for the final time of his career and for once crying WAS allowed in Major League Baseball. With two outs in the ninth inning Andy Pettitte and Derek Jeter went out onto the field at Yankee Stadium to take Rivera out of the game in front of the sold out crowd at Yankee Stadium. Needless to say Rivera was speechless and cried into the shoulder of Pettitte before walking out to a standing ovation from the Yankee faithful.

Also on this day in Mariano Rivera history in 2011 Mo notched his 600th save of his illustrious career. The 41 year old closer would creep to just one save shy of tying Trevor Hoffman's major league record for saves in a career and would become only the second closer to ever reach 600 saves in his career.

Finally on this day in 1978 the New York Yankees took sole possession of first place for the first time that season when they beat the Detroit Tigers 7-3 in Tiger Stadium. On July 19 of this year the Yankees trailed the Boston Red Sox by 14 games in the American League East division. The fairy tale season ended with a World Series championship in New York.

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