Friday, April 30, 2010
At the Stadium v the White Sox
Yankees, 4/30/10, final 6-4
- Andy started and got a no decision, so no win-save combo.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
At Camden Yards, April 29
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.
- Soaking in the instruction was Phil Hughes, who was talking to Palmer before Rivera came over." North Jersey.com, John Rowe
Monday, April 26, 2010
At the White House
The understated elegance-NY Times
- “For what he does, he’s maybe the most dominant athlete other than Bill Russell that I know,” Jackson said. “But it’s also in the way he does it. Quiet. Humble. Mariano is regal, baseball royalty.”"
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
- The article mentions the recent launch of an ad campaign for Canali men's clothing featuring Rivera.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Rivera greets Chad Gaudin and Edwar Ramirez in Oakland
received their World Series rings. ap photo
Sunday, April 18, 2010
At the Stadium, classic Win-Save combination
- UPDATE: June 11, 2010 was 67th regular season win-save for Pettitte and Rivera.
- Pettitte and Rivera's 10 post season win-save combos:
- 1. Game 2, 1998 ALDS, Tex @ NYY
- 2. Game 4, 1998 World Series, NYY @ San Diego
- 3. Game 2, 1999 ALDS, Tex @ NYY
- 4. Game 4, 1999 ALCS, NYY @ Boston
- 5. Game 2, 2000 ALDS, NYY @ Oak
- 6. Game 3, 2000 ALCS, NYY @ Seattle
- 7. Game 1, 2001 ALCS, NYY @ Seattle
- 8. Game 2, 2003 ALDS, Minn. @ NYY
- 9. Game 3, 2009 ALDS, NYY @ Twins
- 10. Game 6, 2009 ALCS, LAA @ NYY
- (I know it's unfair to mention the post season. Selig's script is players who get to the post season were just luckier than others, so it's unfair to mention its existence. ed.) "Yankees own April as Pettitte goes 2-0," 4/19/10
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Opening Day at the Stadium
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Rivera in the 10th in Boston
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
At Fenway Park, April 6, 2010
Sunday, April 04, 2010
Rivera back 'working the late shift,' Mike Lupica
- "I will ask this question again, with no disrespect meant to Capt. Jeter:
- "Order was restored for the Yankees - the official Yankee Rules of Order in baseball – with the last out of the World Series belonging to the great Mariano Rivera again. He threw a ground ball to Shane Victorino and nearly beat Robinson Cano's throw to first base and the Yankees had won again.
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.
- Fourteen innings, one earned run.
Thirteen years later, he was the same way against the Phillies.
- Sixteen innings in last year's postseason, 14 strikeouts, one earned run, 0.56 earned run average. A season that ended three weeks shy of his 40th birthday.
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.
- Mo Rivera is back at Fenway Sunday night, looking to start this season the way last season ended. Officially 40 now. Talking about pitching forever the way he has pitched since we first saw him, really, in that postseason of 1996.
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.
- Find another iconic New York athlete in any sport who has ever done it quite like this.
"I am young of heart," he said with a smile one day last October in the Yankee clubhouse. "And young of arm."
- The best of it last fall really was the way a whole new light was shined on the excellence of Rivera, the grace, the professionalism, the importance of the man, on his team, and in this time in sports, where we have been conditioned to be disappointed by the most famous names. More and more – mo and mo? – he let people get to know him, find out that he is the best quote in the room, has the sharpest take on baseball. And honest. And completely accountable. You want them all to be like him.
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.
- He is on the first page with others, from the other sports, in no particular order, and with all the names you would add to the list I am about to throw at you: Jackie Robinson and the young Willie Mays. Frazier and Reed and DeBusschere. Namath and Seaver and Messier and Simms and LT. He is what Clyde would have been coming out from behind the bullpen walls.
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.
- "I work the late shift," he says.
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?
- "I hear that every April," he said. "I'm used to it."
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."
- Mike Lupica, "At 40, Mariano Rivera should be every NY Yankees' hero and role model," NY Daily News 4/4/10
Friday, April 02, 2010
'He is without question the greatest closer of all time' Cashman on Mo
- He is without question the greatest closer of all time, and I don't care about guys who
- used to pitch three innings instead of one."
Of course, Superman has an expiring contract. On that subject, Cashman was willing to go Joe Willie Namath on the guarantee.
- "Mariano Rivera will never be in another uniform," the GM said. "It just won't happen.""