Jose Bautista a hit in MLB All-Star Game

Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays drives in the first run of the 84th MLB All-Star Game with an RBI...

Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays drives in the first run of the 84th MLB All-Star Game with an RBI sacrifice fly during the fourth inning in Queens, N.Y., Tuesday night. (Reuters)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:00 AM ET

NEW YORK - New York Mets fans alongside New York Yankees fanatics.

People who dislike both teams stood.

All cheered and applauded.

All-star games can provide chills once in awhile ... like players greeting Ted Williams, the game’s greatest hitter, at Fenway Park in 2000 or two years later, Baltimore Orioles’ Cal Ripken tipping his cap to fans, hitting a homer on the first pitch and moving from third to his old position at short in Seattle.

And that’s the way it was when the game’s greatest closer, Mariano Rivera, walked to the mound in his 19th and final year in the majors in his 13th all-star appearance.

The future Yankees Hall of Famer was cheered for the only time in the home of rival Mets as he came on to pitch the eighth of the American League’s 3-0 win over the Nationals in the 84th MLB All-Star Game Tuesday night before a record crowd of 45,186. The AL broke its three-year losing streak and gained home-field advantage in the World Series.


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