Here are twenty-one reasons why Mariano Rivera is one of the greatest pitchers of all time. Stark on 21 Rivera stats. Baseball fans tend to be stat geeks, and Mariano's career numbers are simply mind-blowing.
Baseball fans everywhere respect him, and Yankees fans will mark this day (Mo's last game in Yankee Stadium) as the end of an era. Admittedly, it will be a while before the Yanks win their twenty-eighth World Series. But the last five were won, in part, because of Mariano Rivera.
By all accounts, Mariano is a committed Christian and a kind and gentle man, who just happened to master one of the nastiest pitches of all time--the cutter.