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Quintessential Mo-Ments: 42 defining days in the career of Mariano Rivera

08/21/2013 9:04 AM ET
By YESNetwork.com Staff

Mariano Rivera's sure-fire Hall of Fame career has officially come to an end, and in a final tribute to "The Sandman," YESNetwork.com decided to take a look back at 42 defining days in the career of the last man who will ever wear No. 42 in the Major Leagues.

Spanning a professional career that began in 1990 and ended in the final days of September 2013, below, in chronological order, is the entirety of our list of Quintessential Mo-ments for the greatest closer of all-time.

Feb. 17, 1990: The Saga Begins

May 23, 1995: Welcome to The Show

Oct. 4, 1995: How do you spell relief?

May 17, 1996: Feels like the first time

Oct. 26, 1999: Postseason Hero, Take 2

April 5, 1997: The "Heir Apparent" takes over

July 8, 1997: The first cream of the crop

Oct. 11 & 13, 1998: Gaining Redemption

Oct. 17, 1998: Becoming a Fall Classic icon

April 1999: The Sandman enters to "Enter Sandman"

June 11, 1999: Hitting the century mark

July 20, 1999: One small step for Mo...

Oct. 13, 1999: Holding down the fort

Oct. 26 & 27, 1999: 42 brings home 25

Oct. 8, 2000: Closing out a bitter battle

Oct. 25, 2000: Slamming the Subway door

Oct. 26, 2000: Three-peatin'

Aug. 1, 2001: Giving it 33 percent

Oct. 30, 2001: Filling in a snake hole

Oct. 16, 2003: The guy behind the guy

May 28 and 29, 2004: Halfway to immortality

Oct. 12, 2004: From grief to greatness

April 6, 2005: Nowhere to go but up

July 16, 2005: Four for 400

July 14, 2007: Left(y) in the rear view

Sept. 15, 2008: The race is on

Sept. 21, 2008: Out with the old...

April 17, 2009: ...And in with the new

June 28, 2009: King (for a day) of Queens

Oct. 25, 2009: Back to the big stage

Oct. 29, 2009: Six outs for a split

Nov. 4, 2009: One for the thumb

June 23, 2010: Mo-ing 'em down

May 25, 2011: 42 hits 1K 

Sept. 13. 17 and 19, 2011: Becoming The Man, The Myth, and finally The Legend 

May 3, 2012: 'It ain't over 'til it's over'

March 9, 2013: The beginning of the end

April 1, 2013: Back in the saddle again

May 28, 2013: From closer to opener

July 2, 2013: Some rockin' parting gifts

July 16, 2013: A (very) lucky 13

Sept. 22 and 26, 2013: Exit Sandman

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