July 26, 2021

Remembering Mariano Rivera’s final game (Pinstripe Alley)

This week, SB Nation celebrates our emotional connection to sports, with “Sports Moments the Made you Cry” week. These could be tears of joy over your team’s triumph, tears of despair after a crushing loss, or tears of sadness over unthinkable tragedy. Whatever the case, the fact that sports can elicit such a response is why we keep coming back for more.

I’m not a terribly emotional person and you probably won’t see me getting misty-eyed for sports moments, movies, or anything non-familial in general. Like Tom Hanks said, “There’s no crying in baseball.” However, seeing Andy Pettitte embrace and console Mariano Rivera as Mo cried into Pettitte’s shoulder was enough to bring this Yankees fan to tears.

It was hard not to get emotional seeing Mariano – the normally stoic, resolute presence on the team – break down on the mound. I felt heartbroken watching the realization sink in that it would be the last time he got to do what he loved in front of the fans and city he loved.

On a personal level, I was losing one of my personal heroes, my favorite player growing up. One of the fondest memories from my…

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