Friday, October 30, 2009
At the Stadium October 29, World Series game 2
- World Series Game 2. The 39 pitch night. Mo enters in the 8th.
- Matt Stairs, Rivera, Posada. photos from top: reuters, getty, ap
- above 2 getty. Final score 3-1.
Monday, October 26, 2009
At the Stadium October 25, ALCS game 6
- ALCS ends with Mariano, Gary Matthews Jr, and Posada. reuters
- 2 innings pitched by Mo. Above Arod and Mo. 1 & 3 reuters, middle ap
- Final score 5-2.
- Angels dugout, 9th inning ALCS game 6, 10/25/09, getty
Sunday, October 25, 2009
At the Stadium, ALCS game 6 rainout
Friday, October 23, 2009
Mariano Rivera best closer of all time--Howard Bryant
- "Of all the positions in all of professional team sports,
- there is no greater gap than the best closer of all time
- to the second-best.
- He is that good....
- his two-thirds of an inning in the eighth of Game 5
- underscored his greatness as a pitcher.
Down a run, Chamberlain entered in the eighth. He gave up a double and a one-out infield single to Aybar, who then stole second base. Needing to keep the deficit at a run, with runners on second and third, Girardi called on Rivera, who hadn't given up a sacrifice fly all season. Figgins hit a soft liner to right and Abreu flied to end the inning....
- Mariano Rivera proved yet again the breadth of the gap between him
- and every other closer."...
In Anaheim October 22, ALCS game 5
NY Daily News, bottom 3 getty. Final 7-6 Angels.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
In Anaheim October 20th, ALCS game 4
- Mike Lupica: "Before the game Tuesday, he (CC Sabathia) was in the lounge in the visitors clubhouse, eating Doritos - of course -
- and watching a replay of Game 7 of the 2003 American League Championship Series, Yankees against the Red Sox,
the Aaron Boone game, the last time the Yankees played themselves into the World Series.
- Mo Rivera was with him.
- "How many innings did you pitch in that game?" Sabathia said.
He knew and Rivera knew and the Yankees knew Sabathia would be expected to pitch more than three innings last night. And he did. He sure did. The Yankees would give him a lot more stick than he needed in the baseball home of those annoying thundersticks. ...Try to remember the last time you trusted a Yankee ace starter such as this at this time of year.
- "He was tremendous," Rivera said when it was over, 10-1 for the Yankees."...
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
In Anaheim October 19, ALCS game 3
- Adam Sandler, Jack Nicholson, ALCS game 3, getty
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Mo goes the distance in regular and postseason- NY Post
- "There's no tomorrow," he said.
- Rivera continued his career mastery --
in last night's incredible ALCS Game 2 victory for the Yankees. In their 4-3 13-inning win, Rivera logged 2 1/3scoreless innings, going beyond two innings for the first time
- since he went three innings on May 30, 2006 against the Tigers.
Last night, Rivera was summoned in the eighth with men on first and second and two outs and Erick Aybar at the plate. The legendary closer, who had a feeling he'd be called on face Aybar if the situation presented itself, proceeded to retire the Angels shortstop on a groundout to second.
- Rivera then had a perfect ninth -- striking out two -- and allowed a leadoff single to Vladimir Guerrero in the 10th before going 1-2-3 after that. His career LCS ERA is now a miniscule 0.86 -- the lowest ever."
by Mark Hale, NY Post, 10/18/09, "Mariano Pitches Long and Strong" photo NY Post, 10/18/09
At the Stadium October 17, ALCS game two, 13 innings, 4-3 Yankees
- the Jeff Mathis 10th inning bunt attempt, Arod and Mariano both trying to catch it, finally Mo does. 1 and 2 getty
- Mo enters in the 8th with 2 runners on, getty. Final in 13 innings, 4-3 Yankees.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
At the Stadium October 16, ALCS game 1
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Rivera's post season stats, MLB.com
Monday, October 12, 2009
Joe Mauer broken bat v Rivera, ALDS game 3, 8th inning, 10/11/09
Sunday, October 11, 2009
At the Metrodome October 11, ALDS game 3, Rivera's 53rd multi inning post season appearance
top photo Star-Ledger, next reuters.
CC Sabathia(notes) and A.J. Burnett’s(notes) – Pettitte carved up the Twins in Game 3. And Posada hit the go-ahead home run in the seventh inning. And Jeter made a brilliant defensive play the next inning, catching Twins runner Nick Punto(notes) taking too wide a turn around third base, relaying the ball to Posada and watching him gun down Punto at third.
- And Rivera finished off the eighth inning and pitched the ninth, the
- more than three outs.
- Such is the legacy of the survivors. Pettitte’s victory tied him for first all-time with 15 playoff wins." ...
- After all these years, the four survivors are still alive and kicking – and hitting and pitching. Now, finally, they’ve got a worthy fifth wheel (Alex Rodriguez) along for the ride."
Pettitte photo by ap. Reference to Dynasty by Ryan Fagan in his article on SportingNews.com, 10/11/09, "Like Old Times: Yanks Old Guard Pivotal in Win"
Update: Rivera post season multi-inning apps. now stand at 57 out of 96 appearances:
All in 2009: ALCS game 2, ALCS game 6, World Series game 2, World Series game 6.
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
At the Stadium October 7, ALDS game 1
Sunday, October 04, 2009
Mo best 'regular season' closer too-Lupica
"At the beginning of another October for the Yankees here is Derek Jeter talking about the great Mariano Rivera. In another time in New York, it would have been Willis Reed talking about Clyde Frazier:
"People like to say Mo's always the same, that he never changes. And they're right. But here's something else that doesn't ever seem to change, especially the longer he goes.
- He struggles in one or two games early in the season, and people start saying he's done. Then he pitches the way he pitched this season and he's back to being as great as ever.
"You want to know how great he really is?
- is when he occasionally blows one."
October again for the Yankees. That means it is Rivera's time. And maybe because the Yankees will have to go all the way to November if they are going to win what would be the fifth World Series Jeter and Rivera have won together - and because this is the November when Mo Rivera will turn 40 - people are talking to him and about him for more than the occasional blown save now.
- In so many ways, all of them good, it is as if we are seeing Rivera for the first time all over again....
He has done what he has done, at such an amazingly high level for such an amazingly long time (at least for a power closer), with such a cold-blooded and ruthless efficiency, that any kind of failure, even in a meaningless regular-season game - a walk-off home run from Ichiro a few weeks ago - is still a shock to the system of the Yankees, and their fans. It will be that way with any playoff failure from Rivera, if there even is one this time, if anybody manages to lay a glove on him.
- But it is as if this season, especially the latter stages of it, has demanded that we take a step back and taken a closer look at him,
- made us realize once again that genius like this in sports is never routine,
- that there has never been a pitcher like this in the history of the New York Yankees
- the way there has never been another Yankee hitter like Babe Ruth.
- (it is worth remembering that before he became the greatest closer in baseball history, he was the greatest set-up man).