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Posted by: Patrick
The 2011 Major League Baseball season is a game or two away from conclusion. Of course, unfortunately, the Yankees season ended on October 6 and I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who supported MarianoRivera.com during the 2011 season.

Thank you to David Williams, who writes with me here, for your consistency and support.

Thank you to everyone who visits this site and comments. This includes Moises Young-Diaz, John Lewis-Moore, Sanghyun Choo and others. Thank you for all of your support.

Congratulations to Mariano Rivera and the Yankees for a great, exciting 2011 season, which included a playoff birth, Mr. Rivera's 600th, 601st and 602nd saves, allowing him to grab the all-time saves record, and Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit, making him the only player to have that many hits in a Yankee uniform. Given the rarity of those events, it was incredible to be able to witness two of them in a single season, as a Yankees fan.

We'll be back in 2012 to recap Mo's journey and, between then and now, we'll have news updates, as any stories relating to Mr. Rivera are reported.

Thank you for reading MarianoRivera.com.

Sincerely,

Patrick
Posted by: Patrick
Earlier this week, Mariano Rivera was the guest of honor at the Ignite Hope Bike Tour charity event, at the Trinity United Methodist Church, benefiting Ignite and House of Hope. Cliff Olsen of Ocala.com has the story.
Posted by: David
Robinson Cano had a huge night with a grand slam home run, two doubles and six RBI. Ivan Nova took over the game that CC Sabathia started on Friday night and was spectacular until he tired in the ninth. Luis Ayala could only get one out and let two inherited runners to score to get the game to 9-3 with the bases loaded.

Joe Girardi decided not to take any chances and summoned The Sandman and, as usual in the postseason, he made quick work of the situation. He struck out Wilson Betemit on three pitches to end the game. His postseason ERA remains at 0.71.

Tomorrow was originally scheduled as a travel day but with the rain on Friday game two now is scheduled for 3:07 PM in New York. Max Scherzer will be on the hill for the Tigers vs. Freddy Garcia for the Yankees.
Posted by: Patrick
Mariano Rivera is used to throwing the last pitch in a game. But, the first pitch? As a starter, he's only done that 10 times in the majors, all 10 of those times occurring in 1995.

Last night, he was given another chance, throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Yankees and Tigers kicking off the American League Division Series. According to Mira Wassef of the Times Herald-Record, he threw it to Jorge Posada, who was wearing full catchers gear. Fitting.
Posted by: Patrick
ESPN.com's Howard Bryant penned a feature on the faith of Mariano Rivera, calling it his "greatest asset."

Rivera recalls when he was unhittable, such as in the minor leagues when he had given up just one earned run in his first pro season, to his peak in the late 1990s and early part of the decade. He absorbs the failures -- against the Red Sox in 2004 and beyond, when it seemed that Bill Mueller was on every pitch he threw and it appeared the Red Sox had finally solved the great Rivera -- and returns to the difficult space: faith and purpose.

"I have to believe that every pitch I throw is the right pitch and is a great pitch, and the next one will do the job. Always, always. When I talk about the Lord, I'm not talking about praying to him for him to give you what you want. People always pray for something they want. He's going to give you what you need. That doesn't mean you're going to win the game. It really has nothing to do with baseball."