The starting lineups for Mariano Rivera’s first game at Yankee Stadium, June 6, 1995*.
Rivera started: 4 IP, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, hit 2 batters, gave up homers to Geronimo Berroa and Ruben Sierra
A’s won, 8-6.
Mariano Rivera’s scouting report, July 8, 1995
"DID NOT SEE AN OFF-SPEED PITCH. HE NEEDS ONE FOR THE FUTURE."
Courtesy of the Baseball Hall of Fame
#8 HOUSTON, HELLO: OK, one more postseason nugget before we move on. This man faced the best hitters on the best teams in baseball in 98 postseason games — and held them to this microscopic slash line: .174/.212/.227. Now here’s what that means, essentially: In the most important games of his life, he turned the best hitters on earth into Houston Jimenez — only not that good. (Jimenez’s career slash line: .185/.221/.234.) Not even David Copperfield could pull off that magic trick. Could he?
#16 WELL ADJUSTED: If you’re not familiar with one of best new-age pitching stats in existence — Adjusted ERA-Plus — it essentially takes a pitcher’s ERA, adjusts it for ballpark factors and the era in which he pitches, and then compares him to the “average” pitcher of his time. And the verdict is in. Rivera hasn’t been merely the greatest relief pitcher ever. If we go by Adjusted ERA, he’s been the single most dominant pitcher ever, starter or reliever. On a scale in which the average pitcher rates 100, Rivera’s Adjusted ERA, over a 19-season career, is an unreal 205. Not only is that the very best Adjusted ERA in history among pitchers with at least 1,000 career innings, but nobody else is within 50 points of him. Right, 50! Your runner-up: Pedro Martinez — at 154. Holy schmoly.
#21 THE LEADING MAN: Finally, for all these years, Joe Torre and Joe Girardi have pretty much run every game they’ve managed with one thought: Hand a lead to Rivera, kick back and start loving life. It’s worked out kind of well, I’d say. Over these last 19 seasons, the Yankees have handed Rivera a lead in 914 different regular-season games. Their record in those games? How about 868-46, the Elias Sports Bureau tells us. That’s a .950 winning percentage. They’ve placed 68 more leads in his hands in the postseason — and gone 64-4. That’s a .941 winning percentage. You realize, right, that pretty much nothing in life or baseball is 95 percent certain to happen? But winning a game when you hand Mariano Rivera a lead to protect?
"It was just so cool that Motley Crue showed up for Mo."
Just a reminder that the Twins won the Mariano Rivera Retirement Gift Awards this year.
The rocking chair made of broken bats. Nothing better.
And yes, we all want one.
The Boston Red Sox honored New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera with a painting of him tipping his hat to the crowd during the 2005 ring ceremony, the pitching rubber from the visitor’s bullpen, a team-signed No. 42 that hung on the Green Monster’s manual scoreboard whenever he came in to pitch, and a 1934 blue seat from Fenway Park on Sept, 15, 2013. (
Mariano Rivera should give tours of his home beginning this winter.
42, we will miss you.
"The Only Yankee We Will Miss"
The Sox also gave him the pitching rubber from the visitors’ bullpen.
Mariano Rivera signed the bullpen wall at Fenway Park during his final game there.
"Last to wear #42, thank you for everything."
September 15, 2013
If he was a mechanic he would only fix Toyota Corollas. That’s it. A Corolla would pull into the service station, the owner would look into the service bays, and out he would walk in his blue coverall with “Enter Sandman” in the background.
Well, it’s just a guess.
Delta Airlines dedicated a 757 to Mariano Rivera.
(Next thing you know all of baseball will retire his number…oh, wait.)
Introducing New Era’s Mariano Rivera cap collection.
You would think you would honor a guy who had one pitch with one hat (there is one more - a 39THIRTY).
Until tonight, Mariano Rivera had never had a blown save in a game where he didn’t get an out. - @DannyKnoblerCBS
Coming into tonight, 43-year-old Mariano Rivera was a perfect 18-for-18 in save chances with a minuscule 1.40 ERA. But the Mets, knowing that this could very well be the last time they would ever face Rivera, decided it was their final chance to place a curse on the pitcher, the anger from the baseball gods be damned. And so, disguised as a moment of New York unity, the Mets had Rivera throw out the ceremonial first pitch to Mets team leader in saves, John Franco.
Look, you can watch it for yourself:
What’s that, you say? You didn’t notice the moment the curse took effect? Look again. See, when John Franco appeared to bow in reverence to Rivera he actually did something much worse. He sent curse waves to Rivera which are visible under infrared. How do you feel about this gamesmanship, Jack Morris:
The effects were nearly instantaneous, too. Just look at where Rivera’s ceremonial pitch ended up:
That’s the location from a pitcher with impeccable command, one who hadn’t lost a game all season? Sure, and next you’re going to tell me that there aren’t reptilian creatures in positions of power all over the world.
And so, with the dark magicks in effect, Rivera entered the game in the bottom of the ninth and the Yankees holding onto a 1-0 lead. Trying to rely on his trusty cutter, Rivera soon found that he didn’t have dominance over the five winds. Daniel Murphy hit a double down the line. David Wright then tied the game with a liner back up the middle, nearly hitting Murphy and taking second when the throw to the plate bounced away from the catcher. And with the fire burning and the cauldron bubbling, Lucas Duda singled on a liner to Ichiro Suzuki who was unable to throw Wright out at the plate. It was over, the cackling sound of laughter ringing through the stadium.
Rivera will now be examined by the ghosts of Yankee Stadium to see if there are any mystical precautions they’ll need to take before his next appearance.