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 gameís greatest hitter, at Fenway Park in 2000 or two years later, Baltimore Oriolesí 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 thatís the way it was when the gameís 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 Leagueís 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.