Thursday, May 26, 2011
At the Stadium Rivera's 1000th regular season appearance
Monday, May 23, 2011
In Baltimore, May 18 and 19
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Rivera being used at alarming rate in 2011, has pitched back-to-back days 6 times already as of May 12- NY Post
May 12, 2011, "Yankees using Rivera at alarming pace," NY Post, Mark Hale
"Rivera has already pitched on back-to-back days six times this year. Last year he didn't do that until July 2....
So far this season Mariano Rivera has gone in an alarming direction with his workload.
With last night's appearance in the Yankees' 4-3 11-inning loss to the Royals, Rivera has pitched in 18 of the Yankees' 34 games this season, throwing a total of 17.2 innings. That puts the 41-year-old righty on pace for a staggering 85 appearances and 84 1/3 innings -- which would be his most games ever and his most innings since he fired 107 2/3 as a setup man in 1996."...
- [Ed. note: Rivera pitched 122 innings in 1996 including regular and post season. If the topic is durability, post season must be included. You cheat the post season player twice. First you don't count his innings which are often the most difficult such as pitching 3 days in a row in the World Series. Then you give him a shorter off season but judge him in regular season against players who weren't in post season and had extra time to rest up to pad their next regular season stats. Rivera has 141 post season innings, the equivalent of 2 years of relief work. If they don't count, players should stop playing in post season.]
(continuing): "Rivera -- who has been superb as always, posting a 1.53 ERA and converting 13 of 15 save chances -- doesn't care what his workload is, saying it doesn't feel like he's pitched more than usual and that he's comfortable with however much he's used.
Still, one reason the Yankees signed Rafael Soriano was to alleviate Rivera's workload and possibly give Soriano some save opportunities. Soriano, however, only has one save, has pitched inconsistently and
- now has an inflamed elbow."...
Rivera at Tropicana Field May 17
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
At the Stadium, May 10th
Saturday, May 07, 2011
In Arlington, Texas May 6
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Mariano in Detroit May 2nd
Metallica to play in Yankee Stadium September 14 with 3 other heavy metal bands
"Yankee season ticket holders will get first dibs at Big Four tickets starting May 4th."...
5/2/11, "Metallica Will Play Mariano Rivera's Song at Yankee Stadium In a Non-Save Situation," Amplifier, Daniel Kreps (a Mets fan)
"For the past 15 years, Metallica's "Enter Sandman" has boomed out of Yankee Stadium's speakers whenever a tight lead for the Pinstripes required the services of Mariano Rivera, the team's elite closer. On September 14th, the heavy metal anthem will once again emanate from the new House That Ruth Built,
- even though the Bronx Bombers will be playing in Seattle that day:
- Anthrax fans are surprisingly well behaved.
It's unfortunate that Metallica won't be able to bring out Rivera onstage during "Enter Sandman" given the closer's connection to the track, but maybe they'll just play a collection of Mo highlights instead; there are easily enough to bridge the song's five-plus-minute runtime. While the cross-town rivalry between the Yankees and Mets has diminished slightly recently in the face of the Mets' financial woes and mediocre on-field product, their
- respective stadiums seem to be battling over who can land better musicians:
Shea Stadium and Citi Field have scored several nights of Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, and Dave Matthews Band shows, while Yankee Stadium was one of only two stops on the Eminem/Jay-Z tour last year. Concert supremacy was the one thing Mets fans had over the Yankees, but thanks to the Big Four even that bragging right is being torn away.
[Full disclosure: The Amp is written by Mets fans.]"
photo via Amplifier