New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera is retiring and has spent the entire season saying farewell to fans and employees of various teams. He has routinely sat with staff in various stadiums and talked to them, and teams across the country have given him gifts.
Now Major League Baseball is getting in on the action and has taken out a full-page ad in four newspapers: the New York Post, the Daily News, Metro New York, and USA Today.
The ad reads: “From retiring batters to retiring hero. Thank you, Mo.” It also lists his accomplishments, like his five World Series championships and 13 All-Star selections and more saves than any pitcher in MLB history. It also mentions that he is the last active player to wear 42, which was retired across baseball to honor Jackie Robinson.
Unfortunately the Yankees won’t make the playoffs, making tonight’s match up his final home game and a meaningless game at that. If that wasn’t a big enough bummer, the Yankees close the season with a three game series in Houston against the Astros.