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Mariano Rivera to throw out ceremonial first pitch in Subway Series Game 2

Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera poses with a

Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera poses with a fire hose nozzle he received from New York City Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano and Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon before Game 2 of the Subway Series at Citi Field. (May 28, 2013) (Credit: AP)

Mariano Rivera has made a Hall of Fame career out of throwing the final pitch in baseball games. Tuesday night, he'll throw the first one.

The Yankees closer will throw out the ceremonial first pitch of Tuesday night's Subway Series game between the Yankees and the Mets at Citi Field, weather permitting.

Mets COO Jeff Wilpon and FDNY commissioner Salvatore Cassano presented Rivera with an FDNY call box and fire hose nozzle in a pre-game ceremony honoring Rivera's last regular-season game at Citi Field (and Rivera's history as one of the game's best "firemen"). Wilpon then asked Rivera if he would want to throw out the game's ceremonial first pitch, and Rivera accepted the offer.

The gesture is the latest in Rivera's retirement tour, as teams from each city that the Yankees have visited honor the 43-year-old in their own unique way.

Of course, it wouldn't be the first time that Rivera has "started" a baseball game, per se. The man with a major-league record 626 career saves initially broke into the majors as a starting pitcher before being moved to the bullpen. The rest, as they say, is history.

(Video by Cody Derespina)

Tags: Yankees , Mets , Mariano Rivera

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