Sept. 26, 2013
After Rivera retired all four batters he faced, manager Joe Girardi delegated his pitching change to a pair of tenured veterans, Andy Pettitte and Derek Jeter, who walked out to retrieve Rivera for retirement. As they reached the mound, Rivera dissolved into tears on Pettitte's shoulder, where he stayed buried for half a minute, longtime teammates who quite literally grew up together through the ranks of the Yankees organization. Rivera then spent time on Jeter's shoulder before the Captain told him, "Time to go." Matt Daley mopped up the inning's final out, and after the Yankees went in order in the bottom half of the inning, the game was over and so too was Rivera's career in pinstripes. Eventually Rivera returned to the mound and used his cleats to loosen the ground for a keepsake.