On a perfect day in the Bronx, the Yankees organization, their fans and baseball said goodbye to number 42. Mariano Rivera was honored pregame with everything from former teammates returning, his number retired in Monument Park, a $100k check for his foundation and a live rendition of “Enter Sandman” performed by Metallica as Rivera walked out from the pen. It was a perfect way to say goodbye to a guy who’s been perfect on and off the field for New York for nearly two decades.
Not to be forgotten, Andy Pettitte took the mound for his final appearance in the Bronx. The leagues oldest starter announced his retirement, for the 2nd time, on Thursday.
Pettitte carried a no hitter though 5 innings, and held a 1-0 lead thanks to a Mark Reynolds solo homer. Too bad it wasn’t enough. The no-no was broken up in the 6th thanks to San Francisco’s rookie shortstop Ehire Adrianza. It was his first career home run, in just his 7th at-bat.
Pettitte would leave with one on and no outs to a rousing ovation in the 8th. It was another perfect and well deserved moment.
Unfortunately for Pettitte and the Yankees, David Robertson came in and allowed the inherited runner to score, dropping Pettitte’s record to 10-11 on the year. His final start will come in Houston. Mariano would enter one final time.
But there want any magic left for the Yankees bats, and they fell 2-1.
For New York, it wasn’t how the day was supposed to end. But more importantly, it’s a loss that really hurts New York’s slim playoff chances.
The Rays won again, so even if the Yankees can sweep them this week, they’ll still be a game back. That’s because the Indians won again, so the bombers are 4 back with just 6 games to go. The Royals jumped ahead of them again as well, with Texas still in between them and a playoff spot.