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MLB pays tribute to Mariano Rivera with video, full-page newspaper ad (photo/video)

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By no means do I mean to put a damper on anyone’s day, but in case you hadn’t heard, since it’s been a pretty low-key affair with minimal fanfare, Mariano Rivera, the all-world closer for the New York Yankees, is retiring at season’s end. The news may have hit some of you like a brick truck, so allow it to soak in a moment before moving on. One would think fans, MLB organizations and the Yankees would be making a bigger deal about it.

In all seriousness, one of the most celebrated, successful and dominant pitchers, albeit in a closer role — to ever toe the rubber is calling it a career. And with the Yankees having been eliminated from postseason contention on Wednesday — the first time the Bronx Bombers won’t be in the playoffs since 2008 — Major League Baseball has joined in on the dedications, accolades and honors that have been bestowed upon Rivera all season.

The MLB has released a tribute video as well as a full-page newspaper ad that will run in Thursday’s editions of the USA Today, New York Daily News, New York Post and Metro NY.

Apparently, The New York Times is too highfalutin and esteemed newspaper to stoop to such a level.

The full-page ad, which thanks Rivera and celebrates his accomplishments, signed by Commissioner Bud Selig himself:

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And the tribute video (via MLB Fan Cave):

Great stuff. Mariano Rivera’s last game as a New York Yankee is Thursday as the team embarks on a mini, three-game road trip to close out the season this weekend against the Houston Astros.

So long, Mr. Mariano Rivera. It’s been a heckuva ride for one of the classiest players ever to don a major league uniform.

[H/T Big League Stew]