"I wanted to get some dirt, just stay there for the last time, knowing that I ain't going to be there no more," he said.
Rivera had entered with one out and two on in the eighth to a recorded introduction by Bob Sheppard, the longtime Yankees public address announcer who died three years ago.
Fans stood and chanted his name as he jogged in from the bullpen to Metallica's "Enter Sandman." Rivera was making his first appearance since the Yankees retired his No. 42 during a 50-minute ceremony Sunday. Eliminated from playoff contention, New York finishes the season with three games in Houston.
He'll always remember the home finale, along with the five World Series titles.
"It was amazing. A great, great night," he said and then paused. "We lost. I don't know how I'd be saying that."
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