Wednesday, July 29, 2009
At Tampa Bay, July 29
Monday, July 20, 2009
Jim Leyland--3 straight days Mo than enough
"...Rivera saved three straight games in three days.
"When you come in here and see Mariano Rivera three straight games,
that's not good,” (Tigers Manager Jim) Leyland said."...
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Peace and quiet when it's close and late-Mo Rivera, 10 time All Star
- ""Hey, I only broke one bat," (Brad) Hawpe said. "That's not bad."" SI.com, "NL's Futility Makes All-Star Game Fascinating" Tom Verducci, 7/15/09
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Why the Yankees and not the Braves? Mariano Rivera--Bradley, AJC
- "We forget it now, but they ran neck-and-neck for a while in the ’90s, each trying to outspend the other, each making the playoffs every year, but it wasn’t until 1998 that the Yankees became imperial and the Braves began to recede.
- (In the 1996 World Series, Rivera pitched in 4 of the 6 games v the Braves, at one point 3 days in a row. Worthy of mention) sm
Continuing, Bradley AJC): "Watching last night at Turner Field, watching Rivera work a four-out save with all four outs being strikeouts, I was reminded of
- how much difference one man can make. The Yankees found their Rivera and have been winning ever since.
(No, not always titles, but winning nonetheless.) The Braves never quite found theirs, and they paid the price.
Postseason baseball comes down to bullpens, and the Yankees always out-bullpenned everyone else. First Rivera was the set-up man to John Wetteland in the 1996 championship run, and the next year he became the closer. That was 12 years ago, and he’s still as great as he ever was,
He wasn’t quite perfect. He blew an ALDS game against Cleveland in 1997,"...
- (Yes, he blew it by giving up a home run, but the game became tied at that point. It wasn't lost yet, contrary to widespread portrayals, eg Mo blew the ALDS, etc. In fact that wasn't even the last game of the ALDS. Cleveland and the Yankees played game 5 the next day, which the Yankees lost 4-3). sm
(Continuing, Bradley AJC): "and his wild throw on a bunt undid the Yankees in the ninth inning of Game 7 in Phoenix in 2001 or those Bombers would have won five titles in six seasons. But he was as perfect as it gets in the imperfect realm of sports, and his perfection was simplicity itself. He threw one pitch.
- Actually, he throws one pitch two ways. He throws a straight fastball, and he throws a cut fastball. The cutter, according to Braves hitting coach Terry Pendleton, moves from off the plate to on it or from on to off, depending on Mo’s whim. (The Yankees have always called Rivera “Mo,” you should know.) Said Pendleton: “You start out swinging and it’s on your hands, or you let it go and it breaks over.”...
Put Rivera on the Braves of the ’90s and the Braves of the ’90s would have been the Yankees of the ’90s. Try as they might, the Braves could never find their Mo. The Yankees found him, and they have him still."
- by Mark Bradley, AJC, 6/25/09, "Why the Yankees and not the Braves? Mariano Rivera."
Thursday, July 09, 2009
Rivera in the 8th, tying run on base
Monday, July 06, 2009
We won't see the likes of Rivera again--Eckersley
- "(Dennis) Eckersley, whose 390 saves rank him fifth on the all-time list, thinks
- hitters know that one pitch is coming, but they still can't hit it."
- "He breaks the bats of more left-handed hitters than anyone in history," Eckersley said. "I don't think you could teach that cutter.
- Mariano just came down from the heavens with it." "
Friday, July 03, 2009
July 4th weekend brings out red hats
- Red, white, and blue hats would be one thing. Solid red hats are confusing. Mo v Blue Jays, top photo 7/4/09 getty, bottom photo 7/3/09, ap
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
Whether K-rod, Krypton Man or King Kong--Gordon Edes
- Gordon Edes:
- Krypton Man
- or King Kong,
- The Yankees’ Mariano Rivera the heavyweight champion of closers, is nowhere close to retiring his belt, as he proved in spectacular fashion Sunday night
- 6/29/09, "Rivera's RBI part of walk to save No. 500", Edes, Yahoo.com; photo ap, Rivera hitting foul ball in his at bat v Mets