Jul 16, 2013; Flushing, NY, USA; American League pitcher Mariano Rivera (42) of the New York Yankees gestures after coming into the game during the eighth inning during the 2013 All Star Game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports
Mariano Rivera- The 2013 All-Star Game Was His Night
In so many ways, the 2013 MLB All-Star Game is one New York Yankees fans, and all baseball lovers, will never forget. It was a surreal event, one that could not have been scripted any better, even if it had been.
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Of course, the night belonged to the immortal one, the fabulous Mariano Rivera. But how could one night possibly be enough to commemorate a career that was so wonderful? How could one game leave a memory vivid enough?
After all, it was not as if we hadn’t been here before, It was All-Star game number thirteen for Mariano, so there was no breaking news in that. The story simply derived from the final All-Star appearance of the greatest closer in baseball history, and one of the most loved and respected players of all-time.
Certainly, the ideal situation would have been for the game to take place at Yankee Stadium, the Royal Palace of Baseball. But the Yankees had hosted the game just five years before. So it was up to Major League Baseball, and the crosstown Mets to arrange the tribute at Citi Field.
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