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.

from by Jay Cohen, 7/20/09

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


Peace and quiet when it's close and late-Mo Rivera, 10 time All Star

All Star Game, July 14, 2009, St. Louis. Rivera, bottom of the 9th. photos from

Sunday, July 12, 2009


Why the Yankees and not the Braves? Mariano Rivera--Bradley, AJC

It wasn’t until Mariano Rivera settled in as closer that the Pinstripe People lapped the field."...

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

(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,"...

(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.

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."

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

"Mariano [Rivera] is humble and composed, he's like an iceman out there," said Dennis Eckersley, the man who defined the modern closer role. "He never looks like he's struggling. And you know what's unbelievable? For more than a decade,
7/6/09, Lesley Visser, CBS TV Sports, "Eck delivers opinions like high cheese under the chin"

Friday, July 03, 2009


July 4th weekend brings out red hats

Wednesday, July 01, 2009


Whether K-rod, Krypton Man or King Kong--Gordon Edes

"As for applying the finishing touch to victories, the Mets can roll out K-Rod,
it won’t make a difference. by not only recording four outs for his 500th save, but by going toe-to-toe with Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez with a bat in his hands and emerging triumphant, drawing a bases-loaded walk for his first career RBI."...

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