Posted by: David
As I write this I am thinking about what Mariano Rivera has meant to me over the last 19 years. In 1995, he came up and in the first Wild Card series gave the Yankees a glimpse of what was to come. As John Sterling and Michael Kay said a million times "Buck Showalter did not know what he had." If he only used him to try and save the game.

In 1996, he probably had the best season for a set-up relief pitcher in the history of baseball. All the Yankees had to do was to have the lead after six innings and the game was theirs.

Mo became the closer in 1997 and Sandy Alomar, Jr. broke Yankee fans collective hearts in game 4 with a late home run off of Rivera. But rather than whine and mope, Mo came back in 1998 and led the Yankees to three straight World Series championships.

I remember in 1999 against the Braves when Chipper Jones and other teammates in the dugout were laughing at Ryan Klesko when Mo broke three bats in one AB. The Yankees swept and Mo was named World Series MVP. The dominance continued in 2000 against the Mets and Mo was the first closer to be on the mound for the clinching game of three consecutive World Series.

In 2001, it was just not meant to be as the Arizona Diamondbacks found a way due to a huge error by Mo and a couple of broken bats to win on a Luis Gonzales pop fly over the drawn in infield to win the World Series.

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Posted by: Patrick
The various sections of MarianoRivera.com have been updated, where appropriate. This includes the all-time saves list, historical comparison, milestones, regular season stats and fan photos.

The last of which features some great new photos from MarianoRivera.com reader, Moises Young Diaz.

Thank you for visiting MarianoRivera.com.
Posted by: Patrick
Prior to game 2 of the World Series, Bud Selig presented Mariano Rivera with the Commissioner's Historic Achievement Award, which is given to those who have had a historical impact on Major League Baseball. Below, watch the press conference.


In addition, here are a couple of bonus clips. First, Rivera joking about a second retirement tour in 2014. Below that, Rivera reflects on receiving the award in Boston.



Posted by: Patrick
MLB.com's Paul Hagen reports that Commissioner Bud Selig will honor Mariano Rivera prior to game 2 of the World Series tonight. He will present Rivera with the Commissioner's Historic Achievement Award, which is awarded to those who have made a historical impact on Major League Baseball.

It was last presented in 2011, to Ken Griffey, Jr.
Posted by: Patrick
FOX has released a couple of preview clips for the upcoming BEING: Mariano documentary. Watch below.





Thank you to nycjobs for the tip.
Posted by: Patrick
FOX Sports, Relativity Television and Major League Baseball Productions have produced a 90-minute documentary of Mariano Rivera's final season. "Being: Mariano" will air on October 20 at 4:30 PM ET on FOX and October 22 at 9:30 PM ET on FOX Sports 1.

Relativity Television is a division of Relativity Media - Rivera is represented by Relativity Sports, another division of the same company.

Chad Jennings describes some of the highlights, including a fishing trip with Andy Pettitte, a meeting with Yogi Berra and Whitey Ford, and the lead-up to the Mariano Rivera Day ceremony at Yankee Stadium.

Thank you to nycjobs for the tip.
Posted by: Patrick
Prior to today's final regular season game, the Astros honored Mariano RIvera with a 17 minute presentation that featured Joe Torre and Roger Clemens. The organization gave him a painting by Houston artist Opie Otterstad. MLB.com's Alyson Footer and CSN's Richard Dean.
Posted by: Patrick
The Yankees played their last game of the season today and, despite speculation, he did not get any time in center field. The Yankees won, thanks to 14th inning heroics, 5-1.
Posted by: Patrick
Mariano Rivera will not pitch in Houston during the Yankees' final regular season series. According to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch, he has been experiencing "tremendous soreness in his arm.
Posted by: Patrick
The Post is reporting that the Yankees may play an exhibition game in Panama in honor of Mariano Rivera. According to a source, it's not finalized, but "everyone wants it to happen."

Via Mike Axisa.
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