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Simply the Best

Even though I am a fourth generation Orange Countian, to the chagrin of many of you, I am a life-long New York Yankees fan.

I've watched a lot of baseball throughout the years, and followed my team and my favorite sport faithfully.  I've seen Mays, Mantle, Rose, Aaron, Koufax, and all the rest ply their trade.

But of all of them, my favorite has been Mariano Rivera.  Not only is he among the best ever, I've never heard anyone speak ill of him.  It seems as though everyone who writes, reports, and plays for the Yankees (those with first-hand knowledge) describes him as a truly decent guy, a committed Christian, and someone absolutely dedicated to perfecting his trade.  I tend not to fawn over athletes, but he's a man I would like to meet.

Since Moneyball is now out in theaters, the stat heads among us have used the occasion to provide tangible proof that not only is "Mo" soon to be the all-time saves leader, he is one of the best pitchers ever to throw a baseball.

So, in honor of Mo's 600th save, and in light of the fact that he'll soon pass Trevor Hoffman (who had 601 saves), I thought I'd pass on a recent article from SI.  No question, Mo is simply the best.  Click Here

I will miss watching him when he retires . . .  So will the Yankees!

Reader Comments (8)

Kim: Thanks for this posting on Mariano. He is fantastic!
September 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterW
"They that compare themselves with themselves are not wise" -- silly to set this weird child play up on a site that would despise ALL sports....
September 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Stewart
How about those Diamondbacks?
September 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRichard
He's OK, I guess.
September 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick Yamada
I am not a Yankees fan at all. I am a lifelong Yankees hater. However, I've admired great Yankees players, including Mantle, Maris for one season, Yogi (one of my all-time favorites) a long list of superb first basemen, but I must say the greatest ever relief pitcher is Mariano. He's amazing to watch and will certainly be quick to enter the Hall of Fame. Hats off to Mariano Rivera, simply the best.
September 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMontgomery
Mo is the very best. He is also a believer in Jesus Christ, a class of a guy and, I got his autograph at Fenway Park after they had beaten the Red Sox.
September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRaymond
Rivera is a special player and a great guy.

Richard -

Yanks and Diamondbacks in a repeat of 10 years ago? Kirk Gibson and Kevin Towers are an awesome combo. Wait when the folks see some of the prospects the Diamondbacks have on the way....
September 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLloyd I. Cadle
602nd save today!
September 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick Yamada

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