Mariano Rivera’s Final Appearance Salvages 2013 MLB All-Star Game
The 2013 MLB All-Star Game wasn’t exactly the most entertaining installment of the mid-summer classic. The game started out with lots of energy from the New York crowd as their guy Matt Harvey took the mound. The 24-year old proved he was worthy of the start, throwing two scoreless innings after a rocky start. The low moment of the game also came in the first inning, as Robinson Cano took a fastball off his quad. Luckily, x-rays were negative, but an injury is the last thing you want to see in the ASG.
The American League built a two-run lead by pounding out five hits during the middle innings, while the National League just couldn’t get their bats going and managed only two hits through seven. Jim Leyland really took advantage of his deep bullpen and made two key pitching changes in the seventh inning to slow the NL after a David Wright single.
But the man who made this installment of the mid-summer classic memorable, was none other than Mariano Rivera. The legendary closer was of course appearing in his final ASG and you couldn’t have scripted a better exit for him. Rivera made his final appearance in the bottom of the eighth inning to a standing ovation from the New York crowd and the other All-Stars. It was an electric moment as Mo tipped his cap to the fans, and if it didn’t give you goosebumps, you might not be a true baseball fan. He went on to pitch a 1-2-3 inning, which earned him MVP honors.
For the most part, the 2013 ASG was uneventful. Even though the AL seemed to have a superior lineup, you still hoped the NL would make it interesting. They just never did. Without a special event like a final appearance, this game could have gone down as one of the worst in history. Luckily, Mariano Rivera was there to save the day one last time.
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