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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Mariano Rivera bids emotional goodbye to Yankee Stadium

09.27.13 at 7:56 am ET

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‘€¢ Throughout his farewell tour in the major leagues this year, Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has been reserved and unemotional. Thursday night, however, the tears were flowing as he left the Yankee Stadium mound for the final time.

Rivera entered the game in the eighth — with the voice of late PA man Bob Sheppard introducing him and “Enter Sandman” blaring over the speakers — to a standing ovation from the 48,675 fans, his teammates and the Rays players.

Then, with two outs in the ninth inning of New York’s 4-0 loss, longtime teammates Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte walked to the mound to take out Rivera. He laughed at first, then shared a long embrace with Pettitte, burying his head into Pettitte’s shoulder as he sobbed.

“I was bombarded with emotions and feeling that I couldn’t describe,” Rivera said afterward. “Everything hit at that time. I knew that was the last time. Period. I never felt like that before.”

Said Pettitte: He didn’t say anything at first, and I didn’t expect for him to be quite so emotional. He broke down, gave me a bear hug, and I bear-hugged him back. He was really crying. He was weeping. ‘€¦ I felt like he didn’t want to let go.”

The 43-year-old Panamanian, who has an MLB-best 652 saves, a 2.21 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP in his 19-year career, shared hugs with his coaches and teammates in the dugout before being guided back out to the field for another ovation.

“He made my job fun,” manager Joe Girardi said. “He made my job easy. And he made all of our lives better.”

‘€¢ Former Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine was in the running for an analyst job with TBS for the Major League Baseball playoffs. However, when the network announced its lineup earlier this week, Valentine’s name was absent.

According to New York Newsday, Valentine lost the opportunity due to his bizarre, self-serving comments on Sept. 11 when he criticized the Yankees for not being as visible as the Mets in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in New York City in 2001.

The studio crew consists of Keith Olbermann, Tom Verducci and Red Sox legend Pedro Martinez.

Said a TBS spokesman: “Bobby was one of a number of candidates being considered for the role, but we elected to go with the team of Keith, Pedro and Tom, and we’re very excited about that combination in studio for us.”

‘€¢ Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig announced that he will retire in January 2015 after 22 years at the helm.

Selig, 79, has made previous statements about retiring only to change his mind. This time, he offered a specific date and said he will offer a transition plan soon.

Selig has his critics, but revenue has grown from $1.7 billion when he took over to $8 billion now.

“I look forward to continuing its extraordinary growth and addressing several significant issues during the remainder of my term,” he said.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 27, 1977, which player recorded his 30th save to break the Red Sox single-season record set in 1964 by Dick Radatz?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I miss the slower pace back home but have grown used to my new city’s little perks like fresh fish and sweet fruit. It will definitely be somewhere warm. I don’t want to go back to cold winters.” — Heat star LeBron James, putting a damper on rumors that he will return to Cleveland when he becomes a free agent next offseason

STAT OF THE DAY: 28 — Consecutive points scored by the 49ers in Thursday’s 35-11 rout of the Rams

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): During Thursday night’s WNBA playoff game, Phoenix star Diana Taurasi ends a confrontation with Minnesota’s Seimone Augustus by giving her a kiss. Both players were given technical fouls.

Giants outfielder Hunter Pence has a little fun with his unorthodox style in this parody ad for “Hunter’s Hitters Youth Baseball Camp.”

From a soccer match in the Swiss Super League, FC Luzern goalie David Zibung gets the worst of a collision with Grasshoppers forward Izet Hajrovic as he gets a cleat to the face, causing blood to pour out of his face.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Bill Campbell

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Meat Loaf, aka Marvin Aday, was born on this day in 1947.

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