Thursday, March 31, 2011


Opening day at the Stadium ends with call to Rivera

Rivera opening day at the Stadium 3/31/11, v Tigers, final 6-3. top ap, rest getty, bottom with Russell Martin after game.

"A 1-2-3 top of the ninth from the great Mo Rivera, who will become the all-time saves leader in the same season when Jeter goes past 3,000 hits eventually. The only thing different about No. 42, from what we saw of him Thursday, the only thing different about him at the age of 41, is that he is wearing his socks higher this season. Of course the only way for the day to end right
4/1/11, "Despite frigid weather at Yankee Stadium, it's a beautiful opening day in the Bronx," Mike Lupica, NY Daily News

Wednesday, March 23, 2011


Joe Biden with Mariano Rivera at Yankee spring training


3/23/11, "VP Joe Biden visits Yankees camp," AP, Boston Herald

"Vice President Joe Biden has visited the New York Yankees’ spring training camp.

The vice president talked with team officials, including manager Joe Girardi and spring training instructor David Wells, along with a number of players.

At one point, Biden put his arm around Yankees closer Mariano Rivera as Girardi and reliever Joba Chamberlain looked on." ap photos

Saturday, March 19, 2011


Mariano v Blue Jays at The Boss


Rivera in the 7th v Blue Jays at The Boss, Sat., 3/19/11, top fans give him ovation as he leaves the field. 11 pitches, 9 strikes. both ap

Friday, March 18, 2011


Mariano v Orioles in second Grapefruit appearance

Mariano in Tampa, Wed. 3/16/11 v Baltimore Orioles, ap

Sunday, March 13, 2011


Rivera makes Grapefruit debut

Sunday, March 13 in Tampa v Twins, 6th inning, 12p, 9k, ap photos

3/14/11, "Yankees' Rivera strikes out side in spring debut," Joel Sherman, NY Post

Friday, March 11, 2011


Rivera throws first batting practice

3/9/11, from CBS Local, Getty photo


Tuesday, March 08, 2011


Rivera watches Manny Banuelos and has high praise

Top, Rivera watches young Manny Banuelos. photos from Tampa, Sunday, 3/6/11, by pinstriped bible


3/10/11, Rivera says Banuelos is "best prospect I've ever seen," per Beacher Report:

"New York Yankees: Mariano Rivera Calls Manny Banuelos 'Best I've Ever Seen'," Bleacher Report, by Larry Barnes

"Top pitching prospect Manny Banuelos pitched another pair of scoreless innings Wednesday evening and looked as dominating as ever while doing it.

The top story involving the soon-to-be-20-year-old phenom came courtesy of New York Yankees legend Mariano Rivera, who referred to Banuelos

And the praise from Mo didn't stop there.

"I like everything about him," Rivera said of Banuelos.

"The makeup and how he keeps his composure. I notice situations and how you react in situations. Where you make your pitches in tough situations, where you spot your pitches,

Were Banuelos simply overpowering people with raw stuff, that would be one thing; that's not what this kid is doing."...


Video analysis of Rivera's cutter, Yankee Analysts, ESPN

3/7/11, "Cutter Above: A Video Analysis of Mariano Rivera,", by William J.
"Quite frankly, it really doesn’t matter how many pitches Rivera throws because his dominance speaks for itself. Still, it is nice to have a better understanding of his wizardry, and a recent video analysis done by ESPN’s Sport Science does an excellent job providing an explanation.

According to former major league pitcher and pitching coach Tom House, Rivera really throws four or five different pitches (including variations on his fastball), but what makes him very unique is every single one emanates from almost exactly the same arm slot. Because Rivera doesn’t vary his arm angle, it appears as if he is throwing one pitch, but, as major league hitters have found out the hard way over the past 16 years, looks can be deceiving. About the only difference between Rivera’s fastball and cutter is the spin he puts on them, but this change

In other words, swinging a bat against Rivera is nothing more than a guessing game."...

Mariano Rivera’s Consisent Arm Slot

Source: ESPN Sport Science

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