This is a Mets blog, but also a baseball blog, and part of baseball is Mariano Rivera, the Yankees’ Hall of Fame closer. Mets fans remember Rivera because he snuffed out many games over the years, including Game 5 of the 2000 World Series.
When the ball left Mike Piazza’s bat with a crack I thought it had a chance, but like many before, because of that awesome cutter, Piazza didn’t get all of it and the ball it just died. It is one of baseball’s most dominating pitches, like Tom Seaver’s slider and Doc Gooden’s fastball. Not many solved it.
After watching the Knicks get pulverized last night and getting bored watching the same about the Mavericks, I started to channel surf and caught the tease about Rivera being hurt and his career possibly being over.
Watching him crumpled on the warning track I recalled my eight years covering the him and recalled several moments. What came to mind almost immediately was his constant demeanor. Whether he sawed off another bat to end a game, or ...