BY PESHEAN ZHANG
Published on: September 26, 2013
Mariano Rivera is one of the most iconic baseball players of all-time. After 19 years of professional baseball with the New York Yankees, he has thrown his last pitch at Yankee Stadium tonight. During the 9th inning, Rivera was relieved by two players who has grown side by side with him: Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte
Two months away from turning 44, Rivera leaves baseball as the all-time leader in regular-season and postseason saves. A 13 time All-Star and 5-time World-Series champion, Rivera's career is defined by one pitch "cut fastball"
The son of a Panamanian fisherman, Rivera was signed at the age of 20 for $3,000. He was left unprotected by the Yankees in an expansion draft a year later but went unclaimed and was nearly traded to the Tigers in 1995.
Maybe it's god's treat that Rivera stayed a Yankee and leaving today as of September 26, 2013. Walking away from Yankee Stadium as baseball's greatest closer during the team's last home game and for good Sunday in Houston.
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