The Yankees have already honored Mariano Rivera with a tribute at Yankee Stadium but his final home game will be Yankees' fans last chance to see the greatest closer of all time pitch in New York. Unfortunately, there will be no playoffs for the Yankees this year, making it impossible for Rivera to add to his postseason accolades. More men have walked on the moon than have scored against Rivera in the postseason during his Hall of Fame career. That's just ridiculous.
If you feel like re-living Sunday's Exit Sandman ceremony or checking out the other MLB.com videos in honor of Rivera, grab your tissues and proceed. We should all consider ourselves very lucky to have been able to see Rivera's career unfold. When we discuss the Yankees and their amazing history tomorrow or years from now with our children, grandchildren, friends, and random strangers who strike up conversation with you about your Yankees gear, Rivera is one of the ones you'll be able to say you witnessed first hand. The way some of us were told stories about Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Lou Gehrig, or Joe DiMaggio – Yankees who were at the top of their game and the top of baseball – is the way that we'll all be able to talk about Rivera, and that's a pretty special thing.
It's only a little dusty in here, why do you ask? I don't know who the next great Yankee will be or when they will come along, and I don't guess we are supposed to. What I do know is that this era of the team has been amazing to watch and we may never see anything like it again. Enjoy retirement, Mo. I'm pretty sure you could pitch forever if you really wanted to.