Six games. With their postseason hopes on life support, it is very likely that this final home stand will be the last chance for Yankee fans to see Mariano Rivera pitch in a Major League Baseball game at Yankee Stadium.
It turns out, it will also be their last chance to see Andy Pettitte pitch at the Stadium as well. On Friday, The Yankees all-time wins leader announced that he will call it quits when this season concludes next Sunday in Houston.
It seems only fitting that Rivera and Pettitte would ride off into the sunset together. No Closer has saved more games for a Starting Pitcher than Rivera has saved for Pettitte. On Sunday, the day the Yankees will honor the games greatest closer, “Old Reliable” will make his final start in the Bronx and this dynamic combination will have one final chance to team up in front of what will surely be a boisterous and appreciative Yankee Stadium crowd. What began in 1995 will culminate on Sunday as marking the end of an era. Wins, saves, strikeouts, and postseason accomplishments aside. These iconic players were half of the adored “Core Four” that was the cornerstone of a Yankee Dynasty that has dominated the Wild Card Era.
Think back to 1995. Maybe you were a young child or a teenager. Maybe, like me, you were on the cusp of adulthood. Maybe you are older than that. To some, it is a lifetime. Think of all of those special moments spent at the Stadium. Not just the games in October, where, by the way, both Pettitte’s and Rivera’s stars have shone the brightest. Think about the midsummer starts on steamy nights in June, when there was nothing big at stake. Cherish those small moments as much as the big one’s. After all, it’s those small moments that have led to this duo’s names being inscribed at the top of many Yankees, as well as MLB’s, all time leader boards. In Rivera’s case, the accomplishments are almost Ruthian.
Six Games. It’s not a long time, but it’s all Yankee fans have. Remember what you have witnessed because we may never again see this level of dominance.