It was the last one that Rivera would make in front of Yankees fans and it was the highlight of a 4-0 loss to the Rays.
Manager Joe Girardi said before Thursday’s game he would absolutely put Mariano Rivera out there if there was an opportunity.
In many seasons over the last two decades, the final home series has been a time for the Yankees to get properly prepared for the postseason.
Joe Girardi is in a select group of 24 players who have caught at least one pitch by Mariano Rivera.
Mariano Rivera has been feted by opposing teams all season, but the most lavish ceremonies took place before the Yankees resumed their wild-card chase.
Andy Pettitte will be joining long-time teammate Mariano Rivera in retirement at the end of the season, according to multiple reports.
The Yankees lifted Jeter for Mark Reynolds after he got a hit in the sixth inning Saturday due to how he was running.
The Yankees wound up avoiding a four-game sweep by the Red Sox when Ichiro Suzuki raced home on a wild pitch with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.
The Yankees were on the brink of an uplifting comeback in the seventh inning before a disappointing 9-8 loss on a four-hour night.