Every year since 1995, Howie Rose has graced the microphone in Queens. Whether it was television or radio, fans could tune into a broadcast, and hear the sultry sounds of Rose's voice grace the airwaves.

Beginning this week, Rose will miss the remainder of the season recuperating from surgery. This comes on the heels of the legendary broadcaster missing time in April due to an undisclosed ailment. While he has stated numerous times that he plans to return next season, but at 67 years of age, nothing is a slam dunk.

Yesterday was his final day behind the microphone before surgery, and Mets' fans showed their admiration in a major way.

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Here's how the team, and the fans, honored Howie Rose:

I hope you had the tissues ready for that one, because you can tell that Howie needed them, too. The outpouring of support from Mets' fans, and alumni, has also been overwhelming. Noted mustache-wearer Bobby Valentine weighed in too:

Mike Francesa checked in to ensure that Rose will be "back afta this":

New York Mets' pitcher Marcus Stroman checked in and passed along his well wishes:

And, of course, few people know Howie Rose better than his broadcast partner, Wayne Randazzo:

Needless to say, Howie Rose has impacted countless lives with his broadcasts, and the honesty and candor within them. The Mets' broadcasts are still in good hands, but they won't quite be the same until Howie Rose returns to his rightful place behind the mic.

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