Mariano Rivera Receives Standing Ovation during his Final All-Star Game Appearance

Mariano Rivera enters the field from the bullpen to make his final all-star appearance

Mariano Rivera enters the field in the 8th inning of the 2013 All-Star game, making his final appearance before he retires.

Each summer, Major League Baseball gathers its top stars half-way through the season to play together during the All-Star game. And since 2002, the outcome of the game determines which league will get home field advantage in the World Series.

Throughout the 84 years of the Midsummer Classic, there have been many memorable moments. Some of those moments happen during play on the field, like Reggie Jackson’s monstrous home run during the 1971 All-Star game in Detroit. Other memorable moments occur during the pre-game festivities, like Ted Williams’s appearance at the 1999 All-Star game in Boston to throw out the first pitch.

During the 2013 All-Star Game at the Mets’ Citi Field in New York, baseball would add another great moment to the history books during the middle of the 8th inning. The AL was holding a 3-0 lead over the NL. AL manager, Jim Leyland wanted to make sure NY Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera came into the game while they had the lead, so he chose to bring him in during the 8th inning.

The field was empty, and the sound of Metallica’s Enter Sandman filled the ball park atmosphere. Mariano “Sandman” Rivera entered through the outfield bullpen gates and trotted to the mound. Rivera was all alone on the field standing atop the mound. He looked around at the standing ovation by fans and players honoring one of the game’s greatest. This was Rivera’s final career All-Star game appearance and he was soaking it all in.

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