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Mariano Rivera saves his best for last

The final No. 42 closes out his career by inspiring strangers with his kindness

Updated: September 18, 2013, 1:17 AM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

BOSTON -- A baseball cap tucked tight can strip years off a man's face, almost make a boy out of him, and so it is no surprise Mariano Rivera looks older without his.

The last of the 42s, age 43, has just pitched on three consecutive win-or-else nights in Baltimore, and he says he's been overwhelmed by requests for his time. If his weary brown eyes don't cry out for his pending retirement, they do betray his need for a restorative nap.

But suddenly Mo's expression changes as he absorbs ...

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