In sports rarely are there happy endings. There is no eluding the forces of father time and very few athletes get the chance to walk away from their respective sport on their own terms. New York Yankees legend Mariano Rivera was one of the luckier ones, as he completed one of the most decorated farewell tours in sports history a few months back.
In his nineteenth and final season the 43-year old marvel was still as good as ever, notching 44 saves and even taking home the All-Star game MVP honors. All season long the greatest closer ever was showered with standing ovations and lovely parting gifts at each ballpark he entered for the final time. This season his longtime teammate and core four buddy, Derek Jeter, hopes to follow the dream blueprint into retirement after he recently announced that 2014 will be his last.