Rivera's number, 42, was retired on the 22nd, making him the first active Yankee to have the honor. The "greatest closer who ever lived" (652 saves) ended his final home game with a loss to Tampa Bay, but with the Yankees already out of the playoffs, the scoreboard seemed beside the point. Last night's game was his 1,114th.
The 13-time All Star told ESPN:
"I don't know how I got those last few guys out. I don't know what I was doing," Rivera admitted after the game, adding not even a trip to the trainer's room to compose himself between the eighth and ninth did the trick. "Everything started hitting -- all the flashbacks, everything that led to this moment ... I was just bombarded with emotions.
"I knew this was the last time. Period."