Thursday, December 17, 2009

Another top honor for Mariano Rivera

Mariano Rivera's banner year continues. Mo closed the Yankees' 27th World Series title last month, gathering another five saves to raise his postseason number to 39, the most by any reliever.
His dominance in the playoffs capped another fantastic regular season in which he saved 44 games with a 1.76 ERA, becoming only the second closer in baseball history to pass the 500-save mark. And it is the reason Rivera is Sporting News' Pro Athlete of the Year.
Aside from his tremendous success, the interview he did with Sporting News highlights why Yankee fans love him. Mo made it clear that he doesn't care about chasing the all-time saves record (although we badly want him to get it) or receiving credit for what he does on the field. All he cares about is doing his job, doing it well, and taking care of his teammates.
Mo didn't commit to pitching five more years as he said in the euphoria of winning his latest title. He pledged to hang up his spikes the day he doesn't have it anymore. Yankee fans hope that day won't come for a long time.

Thanks to edogisgod via Wikipedia for the photo.

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