Tuesday’s extended standing ovation for Yankees closer Mariano Rivera in New York was one of those unforgettable moments that makes Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game worth watching.
Rivera, playing his final season as the game’s greatest closer, was left alone on the mound as he came on in relief to start the eighth inning. He tipped his cap and was obviously touched as the crowd stood and cheered and both All-Star teams paid homage from the dugouts.
The All-Star game has had many other goosebump moments over the years, however. Where does Rivera’s salute rank for you?
In 1934, Carl Hubble struck out five consecutive future fellow Hall of Famers, including Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Jimmie Foxx in one inning. Stan Musial hit a walk-off homer in the 12th inning to win the game in 1955. Pete Rose collided at home plate with catcher Ray Fosse to score the winning run in the 12th in 1970. Reggie Jackson hit a tape-measure home run on the roof at Tiger Stadium that traveled an estimate 530 feet in 1971. John Kruk bailed out on every pitch after the Mariners’ hard-throwing lefty Randy Johnson threw the first offering over his head in 1993. And 40-year-old Cal Ripken Jr. started at shortstop and hit a home run at Safeco Field in his last All-Star appearance in 2001.
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