After 19 stellar seasons and a record 652 saves, the career of Yankees closer Mariano Rivera ended Sunday.
Rivera's final appearance on the mound came Thursday, when he entered with one out in the eighth inning against Tampa Bay and retired four straight batters in The Bronx. As he handed the ball to teammate Andy Pettitte, tears began to flow from Rivera amid what became a four-minute standing ovation by the Yankees faithful.
"I think Thursday was the day that I left everything on the field," Rivera said. Over a brilliant career, the 13-time All-Star was instrumental in helping the Yankees win five World Series titles. Rivera traveled with the team to Houston and suited up for Sunday's season finale, but did not pitch.
Here are some images from Rivera's seasons on the mound:
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