Friday, April 30, 2010


At the Stadium v the White Sox

top with Francisco Cervelli, all getty, White Sox at
Yankees, 4/30/10, final 6-4

Thursday, April 29, 2010


At Camden Yards, April 29

top with Francisco Cervelli, 4/29 in Baltimore, 4-0 Yankees.
both photos reuters. "Interesting pregame scene in the Yankee clubhouse: Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer, an Orioles’ broadcaster, and Mariano Rivera showing each other how they gripped the ball when delivering certain pitches.

Monday, April 26, 2010


At the White House

4/26/10, getty.


The understated elegance-NY Times

"Rivera, 40, has been so good for so long that Reggie Jackson ranks him not in the category of the bullpen specialist but in the transcendent grouping of sports icons.

from NY Times article by Harvey Araton, 4/25/10, "The Understated Elegance of the Yankees' Rivera" photo NY Times, World Series game 6, 2009, Rivera enters

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


Rivera greets Chad Gaudin and Edwar Ramirez in Oakland

Before the Oakland game tonight, Chad Gaudin and Edwar Ramirez
received their World Series rings. ap photo

Sunday, April 18, 2010


At the Stadium, classic Win-Save combination

both reuters, April 18, 2010 v Texas Rangers. Andy in the third.
"It was the 65th time Rivera saved a victory for Pettitte. That is the all-time record." George King, NY Post. If Mr. King is only looking at regular season, then 65 isn't the number. They also have 10 post season win-save combos. listed below, for a total of 75. Their hard work is trashed by a Soviet style blackout of not even mentioning post season stats in contexts like this that beg for it. I guess it's fine if it's not your career.
(8 of the above were multi-inning appearances for Rivera. Honorable Mention: The "Bugs" Game, Game 2, 2007 ALDS, NYY @ Cleveland. Pettitte and Rivera appeared together in other post season games that didn't have the exact technical requirements for a win-save combo).


Tuesday, April 13, 2010


Opening Day at the Stadium

Wednesday, April 07, 2010


Rivera in the 10th in Boston

1, 2 and 4 getty photos, bottom photo before game
3rd photo ap with Granderson, all 4/7/10

Tuesday, April 06, 2010


At Fenway Park, April 6, 2010

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Sunday, April 04, 2010


Rivera back 'working the late shift,' Mike Lupica

If he was Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year, then what is Rivera?...

So had Rivera, who'd gotten the last out of a Series for a fourth time and had his fifth World Series as a big Yankee. So had Derek Jeter, and Andy Pettitte. Jorge Posada was around in October of 1996, but was just a kid on the bench, not the catcher, or the Yankee, he would eventually become.

Mo Rivera, setting up John Wetteland, was already unhittable in the '96 postseason.

Thirteen years later, he was the same way against the Phillies.

Now he is back. And the Yankees are back at Fenway Sunday night. One of the biggest winners in baseball history, the best closer in baseball history, one of the handful of legendary Yankees, returns to the scene of one of his rare failures, Game 4, ALCS, 2004, the night Rivera did not close out the Red Sox, the night the Yankees did not sweep the Red Sox, and the Red Sox began to make baseball history of their own.

The talk of this season will be a new contract for Jeter, who wants to play past 40 the way Alex Rodriguez does. Their hero, their role model, should be Rivera. He is the Yankee they want to be when they reach his age. There have been other Yankees, and other pitchers, who pitched at a high level at 40. Not like No. 42.

"I am young of heart," he said with a smile one day last October in the Yankee clubhouse. "And young of arm."

Rivera was more open than ever before, more willing to embrace who he is and what he has meant to the organization. That he is so much more than cutters and broken bats and all those saves. I will ask this question again, with no disrespect meant to Capt. Jeter:

If he was Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year, then what is Rivera?

Of all of them on the field that night after Game 6 against the Phillies, he was the happiest. Young in all ways that night. For all times, he is on the first page of the greatest Yankees: Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Berra, Ford, Mantle, Jeter.

The only difference between him and Jeter is that Jeter is out there every day and Rivera, as often as we do get to see him, is not.

As he gets later into his career, the question is always the same: Is this the year when he slips? Is this when he starts to act his age, become less than he has been?

It is another April. Another opening night for him. If it ends right for the Yankees Sunday night at Fenway, he works the late shift again. He gives the Yankees and their fans the kind of ninth inning he keeps talking about, and makes them believe that he really can go forever."

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Friday, April 02, 2010


'He is without question the greatest closer of all time' Cashman on Mo

""Mariano is Superman," Yankees GM Brian Cashman said. "Superhuman.

Of course, Superman has an expiring contract. On that subject, Cashman was willing to go Joe Willie Namath on the guarantee.

from Ian O'Connor,, "Rivera dominant to the core," 4/2/10


Mo in the 6th at The Boss

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