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Mariano Rivera had an All-Star three days to remember. The greatest closer in baseball history was celebrated and tipped his cap to the fans and his teammates. (Bill Menzel All-Star Game photos)

Mariano Rivera had an All-Star three days to remember. The greatest closer in baseball history was celebrated and tipped his cap to the fans and his teammates. (Bill Menzel All-Star Game photos)

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Finally, after a 49-year hiatus, the All-Star Game made its official return to Flushing, Queens. In front of a jubilant crowd of 45,186 fans—the largest crowd in Citi Field history—the American League provided the national and global audience a glimpse of the extraordinary pitching coming through the major leagues.