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Mariano Rivera bids farewell to Yankee Stadium

On Thursday night, Mariano Rivera — the iconic veteran New York Yankees closer — made his final appearance in pin stripes at his home ballpark, and received an ovation fit for a legend. Here's how it all went down.

Veteran closer makes final appearance in New York

Baseball's most acclaimed relief pitcher makes his final appearance at Yankee stadium. 0:59

He may live on in the dreams of many but The Sandman's famed career at Yankee Stadium can finally be put to bed. 

On Thursday night, Mariano Rivera — the iconic veteran New York Yankees closer — made his final appearance in pin stripes at his home ballpark, and received an ovation fit for a legend. 

The 13-time MLB All-Star's emotions got the best of him as the thunderous applause from the crowd echoed between the bleachers — a small token of appreciation for a storied career.

The 43-year-old began sobbing as teammates Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte, who is also retiring after the season, came out to remove him from the game with two outs in the ninth inning. 

Click the above video to see how it all happened.

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