Found September 15, 2013 on
If you haven’t heard, Mariano Rivera is retiring at the end of the 2013 season. Tonight, the Boston Red Sox will honor Mo at Fenway Park – perhaps the most special road ceremony Mariano will receive all year. As the Yankees season is winding down (hopefully ending sometime in late October), we’re honoring Rivera by highlighting some of his best on-field moments. We already discussed his 500TH save, so what’s next?
Mariano Rivera closed out the 1999 World Series vs Atlanta, completing an unprecedented two-year postseason run.
Mariano Asserts His Postseason Dominance
Mariano Rivera is, without question, the best closer in the history of Baseball. Nobody thinks otherwise and nobody has ever really made a case against him. Why is that? Because Mo has been his best at the most important time of the season: October. The entire 1996 season was Mariano’s coming out party. Ask anyone; John Wetteland was the closer but Mariano was the anchor in the Yanks ‘pen that year. He would routinely pitch 2+ innings – acting as a bridge from the starters to Wetteland. Rivera finished third in Cy Young voting but also twelfth in MVP voting that year (as a setup man), a true testament to his dominance. He continued this success in the postseason, helping the Yankees win their first World Series title in 18 years. In ’97 Wetteland left New York making way for Mariano to assume his role as closer – a role he has not relinquished since. After a brutal ending to that season against Cleveland, Mariano would go on a historic postseason run that will most likely never be matched again.
The 1998 and 1999 postseasons were downright silly for Mariano. In 18 games Mo threw 25.2 innings, giving up exactly ZERO runs. He saved 12 games and won two – meaning he had a deciding hand in more than half of the 22 games the Yankees had to win on their way to back-to-back world championships. He was not only the best player on the field; he was the most dangerous weapon in playoff history. It was as much a mental edge as it was physical – the Yankees didn’t have to beat you for 9 innings, they just had to beat you for 8 – and that is exactly the formula they used.
1998 was also the start of the longest scoreless inning streak in MLB playoff history. Mariano threw 33.1 scoreless innings, ending in the 2000 ALCS – a span in which the Yankees lost only 5 games. If the ’98 season wasn’t enough, Mo one-upped himself in 1999 with a World Series MVP trophy. Mo threw 4.2 scoreless innings against the Braves and was a deciding factor in three of the four Yankees victories – recording two saves and a win.
But looking back on those seasons, the best part (for me) is that the numbers Mo put up were not a fluke. In fact, Mariano’s entire postseason career has been unmatched. Mariano has a ridiculous 0.70 ERA in 141 postseason innings, making him the greatest postseason player in MLB history. And that is exactly how he will be remembered.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
The Red Sox saw Mariano Rivera for the last time in a regular season game at Fenway Park on Sunday, and there was no shortage of moving tributes to the closer.
Although many of the Fenway Faithful will be glad their team no longer has to contend with Rivera, most can’t deny the class, composure and and success he has had over the past 19 seasons. Dick Flavin, Fenway Park’s unofficial...
Sunday night is likely the last time Mariano Rivera will step onto the field at Fenway Park, and the Red Sox ensured that moment would be a special one for the Yankees closer.
After a trio of Red Sox players from the 2004 squad paid their own humorous tribute to No. 42, the current Red Sox members, who were all gathered on the field, took their turn at honoring Mo. Rivera has received...
The Boston Red Sox are honoring New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera before his final scheduled game at Fenway Park.
The Boston Cello Quartet played Rivera's theme song, ''Enter Sandman.'' Then the Red Sox played highlights from one of the low points in Rivera's career, his blown save in Game 4 of the 2004 AL championship series.
Rivera was called out...
The Boston Red Sox are just better than the New York Yankees this year, a lot better. So we didn’t get to see a relief performance by Mariano Rivera in the team’s final appearance at Fenway this season, also the…Read more →
BOSTON — Mariano Rivera has made more appearances at Fenway Park than any other visiting reliever in the park’s 102-year history. Sunday marks his final game in Boston — unless the Yankees return for a playoff matchup.
Rivera’s farewell tour has stretched the entire season, but his final trip to Fenway Park marks one of its more interesting moments. The 43-year-old has been...
It’s not often that players get to retire on their own terms, but after having his 2012 season cut short due to injury, Mariano Rivera is retiring at the end of his 2013 campaign. The very near future Hall of Famer is widely regarded as one of the best closers to ever play the position and unlike some other famous names like Trevor Hoffman and Billy Wagner, Rivera has had...
I bet he purposely pissed on the floor too
Mariano Rivera has certainly left his mark on the ballgame, and on Sunday night No. 42 left a permanent mark on the Red Sox’ bullpen wall.
In what was likely his last appearance at Fenway Park, the Yankees closer was honored during a pregame ceremony and given a handful of gifts from his team’s greatest rival. The Red Sox said their goodbyes to Mo prior to first pitch, but he...
Mariano Rivera left a note in the bullpen at Fenway Park. Sunday night’s game was the last time Rivera will visit Fenway Park as the All-Time saves leader heads for retirement at the end of the season.
This what Rivera wrote in the bullpen. pic.twitter.com/dgQzS02bM6
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) September 16, 2013
For those who are having trouble seeing it reads “Mariano...
This weekend could not have gone worse for the Yankees. That's not hyperbole. It's the simple truth. After they'd fought so hard to win 3 of 4 against the Baltimore Orioles and jumped both Baltimore and Cleveland in the Wild Card race, the Yankees went into Fenway Park and got swept. The pitching was the culprit in all three games, sinking the Yankee offense into...
The Mariano Rivera “Thanks For Kicking Our Asses In The 9th Inning” Farewell Tour continued at Fenway last night, as the Boston Cello Quartet paid tribute to the iconic closer with a string version of his theme song, Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.” Rivera certainly seems like one of baseball’s last true gentleman players, so I hold out hope that we never have to hear about...
While the majority of American sports fans were overdosing on NFL football and prepping for kickoff between the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks Sunday night, there was something interesting and somewhat jarring taking place in Beantown. The Boston Red Sox and their fans were showering adulation upon a New York Yankee. Let me repeat […]The post Honoring A Hated Rival: The...
The Boston Red Sox said goodbye to Mariano Rivera, and then they finished off the New York Yankees in the AL East.
Shortly after a pregame ceremony to honor the longtime Yankees closer, Mike Napoli homered in a three-run first inning to help Clay Buchholz coast to a 9-2 victory over New York on Sunday night. Daniel Nava added four hits for Boston, which eliminated the two-time defending...
Click on photo to read more about Winners & Losers from Week 2
There were some nice surprises from Week 2 int he NFL. For me – the biggest surprise was the Chargers going to the east coast after their crappy loss on Monday night to the Texans. They showed a lot of grit.
Check out this ridiculous calisthenics workout [RegretfulMorning]
6 Reasons Why No One Should Run...