Thursday, October 13, 2011
Valverde: 'I don't know how Mariano does it.'
10/13/11, "Hours before Game 4 began, Tigers closer Jose Valverde marveled about Mariano Rivera, the Yankees peerless closer.
- “I don’t know how Mariano does it,” Valverde said. “I respect this guy because sometimes it’s too much pressure.”
Valverde buckled under the pressure later Wednesday night to give the Rangers a thrilling 7-3 victory in 11 innings and put the Tigers one loss away from elimination."...
- 10/13/11, "Jim Leyland doesn't second-guess decision to extend tired reliever Jose Valverde," Dallas Morning News, Gennaro Filice
I understand Mr. Valverde is described as being 'perfect' and having had a 'perfect year,' and he did have a great year. Perfect isn't a 2.24 ERA, 4 losses, 5 home runs, and never pitching more than 1 inning. It's very good but not perfect. He beat the Yankees in the ALDS in 2 close games, so he has bragging rights if he chooses them. Permanently attaching the word 'perfect' to a player based on the 'regular season total save stat' alone isn't really helpful to him or anyone else. ed.