1. Mariano Rivera, Yankees
Photograph By REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine
Forget the other nine guys you just read about; this year's race for the Big Apple's most loved sports figure had only one horse. The greatest closer of all time said goodbye all season long, with tributes pouring in from all quarters -- including Fenway Park -- that culminated in Mo Day at Yankee Stadium and, later, his tearful final appearance, complete with Jeter and Andy Pettitte coming to the mound to pull him from the game. New York will miss you, Mo.