Reportedly, there didn't seem to be dry eye in the house Thursday night when Mariano Rivera — possibly the best closer in baseball history and certainly the most popular — took the mound at Yankee Stadium for the last time.
For those watching it on television or the replays, it was almost impossible not to get emotional.
The 13-time All-Star is retiring when this season ends. And the Yankees will not be in the postseason.
Remember Lou Gehrig's farewell speech in which he said he was the luckiest person on the face of the Earth? It seemed like that.
It was a moment. And Rivera embraced the moment.
Many completely lost it when Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte walked to the mound and gave Rivera hugs, big hugs.
Some greats don't know how to exit or circumstances prevent the exit from being very good.
This exit was perfect.
As Metallica's "Enter Sandman" was played on the public address when he entered the game in the eighth inning of a 4-0 loss to Tampa Bay, Rivera savored the moment and responded with four straight outs, the 465th time in his career that he has had such.
During his farewell tour this season, Rivera has been honored by teams and employees in every city. The Minnesota Twins cleverly presented him a chair created out of broken baseball bats.
The rock star was a rock.
"Not too many people worked 12 years for George Steinbrenner, especially as a manager, at least in one stint," former manager Joe Torre said. "I can honestly say that it would not have been possible unless he was around."
Many athletes and celebrities who have continued success and are in the spotlight for so long stumble mightily.
Rivera is a simple, old-school example how to handle success with class, humility and continued performance.
"It's humbling to myself, being able to finish the way the Lord allowed me to finish," he said. "It was spectacular."
In a culture where so many stars flame out or self-implode, Rivera shines brightly.
The best measure of the man? Even folks who hated the Yankees liked him.