Mariano Rivera Takes Field in All-Star Game to Enter Sandman and Huge Ovation

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Mariano Rivera Takes Field in All-Star Game to Enter Sandman and Huge Ovation

Mariano Rivera has pitched in the final All-Star Game of his Hall of Fame career.

The New York Yankees closer is the best of all time, and he made one final trip to the mound during the Midsummer Classic on Tuesday night.

Citi Field erupted when Mo came onto the field, with both fans and fellow players saluting one of the greatest players in baseball history.

Video courtesy MLB Advanced Media via MLB.com.

As Rivera made the trip to the mound from the bullpen, all eyes were on him, and it ended up being the best moment of the night.

Rivera knew that this would be his last All-Star Game, and he thanked the crowd for their support.

Twitter absolutely exploded after Mo took the mound.

The 13-time All-Star commanded the respect of baseball fans during the game, and they were more focused on him than Neil Diamond when he came on the big screen.

Mo has earned reverence from his peers as well, and they did what they could to make this moment special.

If that weren't enough for you, NL All-Star and veteran Michael Cuddyer called this an incredible moment.

While Mo pitched the eighth instead of the ninth to ensure that he did in fact make an appearance, the unusual circumstances didn't temper the moment.

We said goodbye to one of the greatest players of all-time tonight, and it was a special moment indeed.

It might have been just another stop on Mo's much ballyhooed retirement tour, but pitching in one more All-Star Game in front of thousands of adoring fans was the best way for him to go out.

You couldn't have scripted it any better.

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