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Posted by: Patrick
According to, Mo is featured in the November issue of GQ.

Ex-Rangers' captain Mark Messier will be featured in a picture spread in the November issue of GQ along with other "leaders" in pro sports. The list includes Chad Johnson, Kevin Garnett, Michael Vick, Joe Namath, Willie Mays, Mariano Rivera, Shaun White, James Worthy, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Manny Ramirez, Ben Wallace, John McEnroe, Kelly Slater and Danica Patrick.

You can view photo outtakes at the GQ site. 2 of them feature Mariano.
Posted by: Patrick
Kevin Kernan has an article on Mo's restaurant:

Joe Fosina, who has handled Yankee uniform alterations and reconditioning of equipment since the 1970s, lived in the same area where the pitcher was going to stay, so a club official asked Joe to drop him off that night in 1995. Fosina did and gave the pitcher his phone number. He said if he needed anything, call.

The next day, Fosina's phone rang. His wife, Mickie, picked up. On the other end was the young pitcher, who was just starting to learn English. "Mr. Joe . . . Stadium." ...

"God put Joe Fosina in my life to help me out," Rivera says now, 413 saves later, including another 34 in the postseason to go along with his 8-1 October record as baseball's greatest closer. "I didn't even know how to get to the Stadium. So I called Joe."
Posted by: Patrick
From the New York Post:

Rivera was invited to come speak to the Nets and share his experiences with the Yankees. ...

"He just talked about the importance of the team, staying together, supporting each other through the ups and downs of a season," said Cliff Robinson. "It was good to have someone who has been as consistent as he has and understands what it takes to be on top to come in and spend some time with us."
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera was named the DHL Delivery Man of the Year for the second straight season. The award is awarded via fan vote to the top relief pitcher of the season. Rivera beat out such great closers at Joe Nathan, Francisco Rodriguez, Trevor Hoffman and Jonathan Papelbon. Congrats to Mo!

10/18: Stats Updated

Posted by: Patrick
I just wanted to mention that we have updated our stats pages with Mo's 2006 stats. Thank you for visiting
Posted by: Patrick has a neat article on Mo:

He knew about the Yankees but never dreamed of pitching for them. His dad was a fisherman, but Rivera never wanted to follow in his footsteps.

"It was a job that was way too tough for me," Rivera says.

He became convinced of that at age 19 when he was on a 120-ton commercial boat filled with sardines that started to capsize. The engine stopped and the boat was filling with water when Rivera and others jumped onto another boat. "It was scary," he says. ...

Wetteland signed with the Texas Rangers and saved four consecutive games to start the '97 season. Rivera struggled in New York, blowing four of his first six opportunities. It earned him a meeting with manager Joe Torre and pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre.

"I told them I felt horrible because I wasn't doing my job," Rivera says. "The harder I tried, the tougher it got. It was like moving in quicksand. I kept sinking. Joe told me that, 'As long as you are here, you'll be the closer.' That's exactly what I needed to hear."
Posted by: Patrick
Cory Lidle passed away today in a plane crash. Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and loved ones.
Posted by: Patrick
From the New York Daily News:

MO TESTS: It's possible the Yankees will send Mariano Rivera for a follow-up exam on his right arm, Cashman said. Rivera missed about three weeks last month with a muscle strain below his elbow and he was limited to one-inning stints during the playoffs because of it. He pitched only in Game 1. Cashman said there is no concern about structural damage, but team doctors may want to "triple check" Rivera's status.

Posted by: Patrick
With the Yankees loss to the Tigers in game 4 of the ALDS, the Yankees season has ended and, as such, Mariano Rivera's has ended, as well. Mariano only got 1 inning of work this postseason. Obviously, it's a very disappointing result, but I wanted to take a moment to say a few things.

I'd like to thank the Yankees and, especially, Mr. Rivera for another good year. I'd like to thank everyone who visits and supports I would also like to thank David for his excellent contributions to the site during this season. Thank you all.

During the offseason, we'll have Mariano Rivera news and information as it is available and we'll be counting down the days until the 2007 season!

Thank you for reading.
Posted by: Patrick
According to

Rivera's elbow sore: New York's Mariano Rivera admitted before Game 1 of the American League playoffs his elbow is not at full strength, which explains why the Yankees intend to limit his workload.
Posted by: David
It looked like Mo would have a save opportunity with the Yankees leading 7-4 in the eighth inning, however, Derek Jeter got his fifth hit of the game, a homer to make the score 8-4.

Rivera still pitched the ninth inning and only surrendered one hit. Brandon Inge led off and Mo went to 3-2 on him before getting him to pop up to first for the first out. Curtis Granderson looped a single to left but then Mo got Placido Polanco to hit into a 4-6-3 double play to end the game.

Rivera's postseason ERA now stands at 0.80.
Posted by: Patrick

Mariano Rivera's role in this postseason? He will be Torre's ninth-inning guy, pure and simple.

"Yeah, we're going into to the postseason with Mariano being a ninth-inning pitcher," Torre said. "We feel we have enough support leading up to him to be able to do this." ...

Don't expect Rivera to be called on in the eighth inning as he has in so many instances during October. Don't expect him to turn in the type of three-inning masterpiece that occurred in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS against the Red Sox.

(I think the article reads too much into Torre's comments, "going into" is like saying "we'd like to."). Anyway, we all know (and Torre knows it, too, of course) that when it's really on the line, that goes out the window.