By Joe McDonald at 28 May, 2013, 6:41 pm
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The Mariano Rivera farewell tour motors on, now in unfamiliar territory in a very familiar city. Mo's New York Yankees are playing the cross-city rival New York Mets for baseball's interleague rivalry week. Tuesday marks Rivera's final regular season game at Citi Field.
Like every other opposing home team, the Mets are honoring Rivera as he gets closer to retirement. They presented Rivera with a fire hose nozzle and declared him the "ultimate fireman" — a baseball reference that's a bit murky in a city where FDNY has reached hero status. We'll save that debate for another day, though, because the Mets' other gift for Rivera is also questionable.
The Mets asked Mo to throw out the first pitch of Tuesday's game. It's a fitting role-reversal in a way — a guy who's known for throwing the final pitch, now throwing the first one. The idea mirrors the petition to allow Rivera to start this year's All-Star Game. Rivera accepted the Mets' first-pitch offer and it was announced he'd throw the pitch to another iconic closer, John Franco, a Mets Hall of Famer.