Mariano's Moment is the Keynote at Citi Field

by Julian Atienza, JT Mercurio
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Mariano Rivera at his Final All Star Game Press Conference

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As the 2013 MLB All Star Game headed into the bottom of the 8th inning, a heavy metal guitar riff began to play over the PA speakers and 45,186 people (many of them Mets fans) let out a surprised cheer; Mariano Rivera entered Citi Field.

Rivera has given Yankees fans 638 moments, now his All Star teamates and the fans gave him one of his own. Mariano doffed his cap to the crowd and his peers, then proceeded to play catch with the Royals' Salvador Perez without any fielders behind him. In what was a very National League-esqe All Star Game, the impromptu tribute didn't phase him, as Mariano went about his business pitching a 1-2-3 scorless inning. His performance, poetic justice, and the tribute helped him at 43 to become the oldest player to win an All Star MVP award. 

That put a bow tie on the first midsummer classic the Mets hosted since Shea Stadium opened in 1964. The Met-Yankee rivalry was brought to the forefront when NL starting pitcher Matt Harvey hit Yankee slugger Robinson Cano in the knee on the third pitch of the game. Mo's moment helped to complete a very New York All Star game, when Mets fans and Yankees fans put aside thier rivalry to recognize greatness. It was another chapter in the city's baseball lore.

Listen to some postgame comments from; MVP Mariano Rivera; Starting NL Third Baseman and Team Captain David Wright(who had one of the three NL hits); Starting AL Second Baseman Robinson Cano and NL Starting Pitcher Matt Harvey below.

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Mariano Rivera Describing Walking to the Mound Rivera on Pitchign the 8th Inning Rivera on Being a Yankee Robinson Cano on being Hit by Matt Harvey Matt Harvey on his First All Star Game Experience David Wright on the All Star Game Wright talking about Rivera Wright on Harvey's Start