''I think I squeezed every ounce of fuel that I had in my tank, and it's empty."
Mariano Rivera enters Thursday night's game against the Tampa Bay Rays with one out in the top of the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium. The all-time saves leader is retiring at the end of the season — New York's final three games are in Houston Friday through Sunday.
Final stroll in the Bronx
With 'Exit Sandman' playing, Mariano Rivera jogs in from the bullpen for his final game at Yankee Stadium.
From Joe to Mo
Joe Girardi, Mariano's Yankees teammate from 1996-99 and his skipper the last five seasons, hands the baseball to arguably the greatest closer of all time.
Mo-win' them down
Mariano Rivera, with his 652 career saves, retires all four Tampa Bay batters he faces in his final Yankee Stadium appearance. Unfortunately, he couldn't add to his total because the Rays led 4-0 when he entered.
Mariano Rivera heads for the dugout after getting the Yankees out of a jam in the eighth inning. Rivera, who entered with one out and Tampa Bay runners on first and second, induced Delmon Young to fly out and Sam Fuld to ground out to end the threat.
Acknowledging the crowd
Mariano Rivera tips his cap before the start of the ninth inning as the fans at Yankee Stadium cheer and cheer and cheer, knowing this is the end of era.
Getting it done
Mariano Rivera fields a grounder by Jose Lobaton for the first out of the ninth. Rivera also recorded an assist on the final out in the top of the eighth inning on Sam Fuld's groundout. Rivera needed 13 pitches to retire all four Tampa Bay batters he faced. Yep, that's typical Mo.
In a surprise move, Andy Pettitte (center) and Derek Jeter (right) come out of the New York dugout to remove Mariano with two outs in the ninth. Jeter, Pettite and Rivera were in the same rookie class with the Yankees in 1995.
Mariano Rivera (left), Andy Pettitte (center) and Derek Jeter won five World Series together. Rivera and Jeter are in their 19th season as teammates, while Pettitte, who pitched three seasons in Houston, was Rivera's teammates for 15 years.
Hug it out
Andy Pettitte, who also is retiring at the end of the season, hugs Mariano (right) as Derek Jeter (left) applauds. Don't worry, there was definitely a hug from Jeter, too. The trio won World Series in 1996, '98, '99, '00 and '09.
Mariano Rivera cries coming off the mound with two outs in the ninth inning of his final appearance at Yankee Stadium.
Tip of the cap
Mariano acknowledges his teammates and the New York fans as they applaud and cheer as he is replaced in the ninth inning. Rivera recorded 314 of his 652 career saves at home.
A special thank you
Manager Joe Girardi hugs Mariano Rivera as the closer nears the dugout. 'I've been with Mo since '96,' Girardi told reporters after the game. 'A lot of great times. He made my job fun; made my job easy.'
After receiving props and more hugs in the dugout, Mariano Rivera is persuaded by the Yankee Stadium crowd to come out for one more standing ovation. In 96 playoff games, Rivera will close his career with an 0.70 postseason ERA — and five World Series rings.
A fan holds up a sign honoring Mariano Rivera at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night.
Soaking it all in
After the game, a 4-0 loss to Tampa Bay, Mariano sits in the Yankees dugout alone ... possibly reminiscing about everything he's been through on his journey of and 19-year career.
Before leaving the Yankee Stadium field and heading into the clubhouse, Mariano scoops up some dirt as a keepsake.
Mariano Rivera, who recorded 42 postseason saves, will be remembered for a long, long time ... not only in the Bronx, but all around the baseball world and in the history books. Thanks again, Mo!