Mariano Rivera put his head on Andy Pettitte’s right shoulder and sobbed. The end had arrived, at least for his career in the New York Yankees’ home pinstripes. Baseball’s most acclaimed relief pitcher, lovingly called "Mo" by his fans, made an emotional exit in his final appearance at Yankee Stadium when Derek Jeter and Pettitte came from the dugout to remove him with two outs in the ninth inning of a 4-0 loss to Tampa Bay on Thursday night. Rivera bawled during four minutes of a thunderous ovation from the sellout crowd 48,675. “It’s time to go,” Jeter appeared to tell his old pal when he arrived at the mound. -- The Associated Press
It's a sight Yankees fans have always loved: Mariano Rivera running in from the bullpen. Thursday, he wasn't arriving to save another game, but to make a final memorable appearance on the mound.
Mariano Rivera delivers a pitch during his final appearance at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night.
Yankee fans express their feelings about Rivera.
Taking a pitcher out of the game is usually the manager's duty. But Yankee skipper Joe Girardi sent longtime teammates Andy Pettitte, center, and Derek Jeter, right, to pull Mariano Rivera from his final game at Yankee Stadium.
New York Yankees' Derek Jeter, left, applauds as retiring Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte, back to camera, embraces relief pitcher Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning of Rivera's final appearance at a baseball game at Yankee Stadium on Thursday.
Rivera, baseball's all-time saves leader, tips his cap to Yankee fans during an emotional farewell on Thursday. The Yanks lost, but Rivera was the story of the night.
Rivera fights back tears after leaving the Yankee Stadium mound for the final time.
Rivera pauses outside the Yankees dugout as the sellout crowd and the opposing Tampa Bay Rays applaud him.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi embraces Rivera after the future hall of famer was removed from Thursday's games by teammates Jeter and Pettitte.
Fans show their appreciate for Rivera's brilliant career in pinstripes.
Rivera lingers in the dugout Thursday after the completion of his final game ever at Yankee Stadium. The Tampa Bay Rays won 4-0, but Rivera was the story.
Tampa Bay pitcher David Price scoops some dirt from the mound after the game in which legendary Yankee reliever Mariano Rivera made his final appearance in the stadium.
Rivera scoops dirt from the mound after the game.
Pettitte was also in Yankees' fans thoughts. The pitcher who is also retiring at season's end waves goodbye to an appreciative crowd.
Yankee catcher Jorge Posada embraces relief pitcher Mariano Rivera as the Yankees celebrate winning the 1999 World Series against the Atlanta Braves.
Mariano Rivera, right, and Derek Jeter hold the World Series trophy after the Yankees defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in 2009. It was the fifth championship Rivera and Jeter were part of.