After 13 seasons, three All-Star appearances and three World Series rings, Matt Cain decided to say farewell to baseball. The 32-year-old recently announced he would be retiring from the game at the end of the season. He made his final career start Saturday when the Giants hosted the Padres, finishing five scoreless innings on two hits and four strikeouts.
Goodbyes are never easy, but fans, former teammates and the baseball community everywhere made it well known on social media that he will be missed.
His loyal fan base had a lot of fun dedicating GIFs, tweets and their favorite moments to him:
Other enjoyable Matt Cain photos and gifs: a thread (feel free to add on) pic.twitter.com/VUoPWmjM1l- Ally Williams (@itsallyduhh) September 30, 2017
And who could forget #BatKid?
Forever Perfect. Forever Giant. pic.twitter.com/GXikdQ18lM- Carmen Kiew (@carmenkiew) September 27, 2017
And the perfect game:
i just rewatched every out of matt cain's perfect game and cried- Lauren (@gaygontargaryen) September 30, 2017
Where were you on that historic day?
Teammate Mark Melancon paid respects to Cain on a career most athletes can only dream of:
Former Giants catcher Bengie Molina tweeted some warm words as well:
One of the BEST pitchers I've ever caught and a GREAT friend,3x🏆CONGRATULATIONS on retirement to the horse,Matt Cain!🙏 Enjoy your next chapter with your family!!- Bengie Molina (@BengieMolina1) September 29, 2017
-The Molinas!! @SFGiants pic.twitter.com/zKzqzuywf7
Former teammate Ryan Vogelsong's wife Nicole made sure she displayed her love for him:
He also received many thanks from opposing teams:
Congratulations to Matt Cain, who announced his retirement earlier today, on a decorated career. Best of luck in all your future endeavors! pic.twitter.com/kG9UUBB7k8- Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) September 27, 2017
And celebrities ...
With an appearance by Hunter Pence ... twice:
Cainer, thanks for everything you've given this team and San Francisco. Truly an honor to be your teammate. pic.twitter.com/ogUVPXKGzr- Hunter Pence (@hunterpence) October 1, 2017
And then, there was this:
Madison Bumgarner was waiting for Matt Cain at the end of the dugout: pic.twitter.com/W3EN77zSPx- Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) September 30, 2017
Cain is just the fourth player in Giants history to play his entire career with the team over a minimum of 10 seasons.
Congratulations to him and all he has achieved over his illustrious career.