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Posted by: David
Mo is cruising through American League lineups. The Sandman earned his 8th consective save to start the season with a perfect ninth inning to help the Yankees defeat the Indians 5-2.

Rivera faced Franklin Gutierrez to start the inning and he simply overmatched him and blew him away with high heat for the first out. Jason Michaels battled but eventually flew out to right for the second out. David Dellucci then grounded to second to end the game.

Mariano Rivera has pitched 11 scoreless innings in 2008 and has only allowed four hits and no walks, with eight saves in eight save opportunities. For his career, he now has 451 saves. His season ERA remains at 0.00.
Posted by: David
I'm running out of superlatives to describe the performance of Mariano Rivera for the 2008 season. The man is simply the best closer ever! The game was billed as a pitcher's duel with Wang facing off against C.C. Sabathia. Neither pitcher disappointed as each team only got four hits, but one of the Yankee hits was a home run off the bat of Melky Cabrera for the only run of the game.

Wang pitched seven solid innings and gave way to Joba in the 8th and then Mo in the ninth. Rivera had to face the heart of the Indians order and simply overmatched all of them. Victor Martinez hit a lazy fly ball to right field for the first out. Mo then caught Ryan Garko and Jhonny Peralta looking to end the game.

For Rivera, it's his 7th save of the season and 450th of his career. He still has not given up a run this season, so his ERA remains at 0.00.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera had to work a little harder than usual by entering in the 8th inning with two on and only one out. With the Yankees holding a 6-3 lead, Mo was summoned and had to face Paul Konerko. Konerko swung at the first pitch and flied to center for a sacrifice fly. Rivera then battled with Jermaine Dye and eventually got him to pop out to second to end the inning with the Yankees holding to a 6-4 lead.

In the ninth, Mo made easy work of the Chisox. Pierzynski led off and grounded to third for the first out. Carlos Quentin grounded back to the box and Joe Crede popped out to Posada to end the game.

It was Rivera's sixth save of the season and 449th of his career. His ERA for the season remains at 0.00.
Posted by: Patrick
Jack Curry spoke with Sam Holman, who founded the Original Maple Bat Corporation, about something that Mariano Rivera told Holman when he visited Yankees spring training to visit Alfonso Soriano, a client of his. Check it out.
Posted by: Patrick
From UnionLeader.com:

... Last week, Papelbon referred to Rivera as "the Godfather" of closers, the man whom all up-and-comers turn to for advice and validation. ...

Despite his respect for the 27-year-old, however, Rivera remains somewhat guarded in his assessment of Papelbon.

"I'm the Godfather. (He is in) year three -- what will he become?" mused Rivera. "He will be the apprentice."

In endorsing that metaphor, Rivera suggested that it is premature to anoint Papelbon as the next great closer. It is one thing to dominate, and quite another to sustain that performance over the years.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera converted his 5th save opportunity of the season on Tuesday night and maintained a perfect 0.00 ERA as he helped Andy Pettitte and the Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3.

Mo entered in the bottom of the ninth and faced Elliot Johnson leading off and caught him looking at a fastball on the outside corner for the first out. Josh Bartlett scratched an infield single in the hole at short, but Rivera got tough and jammed Carl Crawford induicng him to fly to left with Damon making a running catch near the line for the second out. Carlos Pena then grounded to to second on the first pitch he saw to end the game.

For Rivera, the save was the 448th of his career.
Posted by: David
It looked early like it wouldn't be an evening where Mo was needed, but how quickly things changed. Ian Kennedy was sailing along into the seventh with a 7-2 lead but was hit by a line drive and left the game. He was relieved by Billy Traber and he surrendered a two run homer to Carl Crawford to make the score 7-4. Brian Bruney releived Traber and gave up a two run homer to B.J. Upton and a tying home run to Evan Longoria and a sleeper turned into a nail biter.

Robinson Cano was rested but pinch hit in the 8th for Alberto Gonzales and hit a long home run to right to give the Yankees the lead at 8-7. Bruney remained in the game in the 8th and got the first two outs but the last out he got was a fly ball to the warning track in left and Girardi then summoned the Sandman.

Mo made quick work of Iwamura by having him fly to left on the second pitch to end the 8th inning. In the 9th, he had to face the Rays three best hitters and he was simply awesome again. He struck out speedster Carl Crawford for the first out. Carlos Pena then grounded to second and it was left up to B.J. Upton. Upton battled, but struck out swinging to end the game.

For Rivera, it was his 4th save of the season in as many save opportunities and the 447th save of his career. His season ERA remains at 0.00.
Posted by: David
It looked like Mo would be getting his fourth save opportunity of the year. Joba Chamberlain had dug himself into a mini jam but with two on and two outs, he blew away Jose Guillen to end the inning. However, with two outs in the ninth inning and the Yankees holding a 4-1 lead, A-Rod and Posada hit back to back homers to extend the lead to 6-1 and turn the game into a non-save situation.

Since Mo hasn't worked since Sunday, Girardi got him some work and he pitched a scoreless inning to preserve the win for the Yankees. He got Billy Butler to ground to A-Rod at third, then got Alex Gordon to pop up to short. Ross Gload took a pitch out over the plate and lined in to left to keep his hitting streak vs. the Yankees in line. The Royals then pinch hit Miguel Olivo and Mo got him to fly to relatively deep left to end the game.

Rivera has pitched four innings on the season and has surrendered only two hits. His ERA still stands at 0.00.
Posted by: Patrick
Bryan Hoch has more quotes from Mr. Rivera on Jackie Robinson.

"I think it's a good idea," Rivera said [of allowing players to wear number 42 on Jackie Robinson Day]. "I think everyone should wear it that day to honor Jackie for what he did for all minorities. It's tremendous. I remember hearing about how he played from [former Yankees coach] Don Zimmer. Zim told me how Jackie was always one of the guys who would help out and how hard he played. It was a different time.

"It's hard to imagine what he went through. He couldn't fight back, but he would take it back on the field and play hard. The field was his territory. He played his game and fought his battles so people like me could have a job in the big leagues."
Posted by: Patrick
The Dodgers website has an article on the unretiring of Jackie Robinson's number for a day, in order to honor the late ballplayer. It has a quote from Mariano Rivera, the last player to wear the number every day, since it was retired across the league in 1997.

"You're not just talking about any player or any person," Rivera said about the legacy left by Robinson. "The respect that he had for the game, the passion that he had for the game, how he played the game -- we should respect that and tribute that."
Posted by: Patrick
Mariano Rivera has been named as a spokesperson for the Purple Beverage Company. From the press release:

Purple Beverage Company, Inc. (OTCBB: PPBV) announced today that it has named Yankee relief pitcher and baseball superstar Mariano Rivera as the newest celebrity spokesman for its antioxidant-rich beverage, Purple.

Mariano holds scores of MLB awards and records, including the most postseason saves of all time and being one of two pitchers to save three All-Star Games. Additionally, he’s the only pitcher in baseball history to close out three World Series.

“It is an honor to work with Mariano Rivera,” said Ted Farnsworth, Founder and CEO of Purple Beverage Company. “He is, without a doubt, the greatest closer in baseball history. His long list of accomplishments makes him not only a baseball great, but also a true New York icon. We are thrilled that he is joining the Purple Team.”

“As an athlete, the foods and beverages that I put in my body are especially important. I look for healthful, natural products,” said Rivera. “Not only does Purple taste great, but the antioxidants in Purple are also an important part of my recovery system, keeping me at my best so I can strike out the side and come through for my team.”

When he is not closing out games for the Yankees, Rivera is very involved with philanthropic works in his native Panama. He’s built an elementary school and a church, provided Christmas gifts to children and developed a program that provides computer access and adult mentors to youths.

“Mariano is highly regarded as not only a great athlete, but also a great humanitarian,” added Farnsworth. “And we share his passion for caring and helping, so we’re looking forward to working with him on his charity initiatives as well. With baseball being our national pastime,” concluded Farnsworth, “we want Purple to become as natural a choice in beverages as baseball is in sports. Working closely with players like Mariano Rivera in New York and Torii Hunter in Los Angeles will bring us one step closer to achieving our goal of making Purple a household name.”

Under an agreement brokered by Ed Schauder, President of Esquire Sports Management, Rivera will be the focus of a Purple ad campaign and conduct public appearances on behalf of Purple throughout the New York area. Additionally, he will be out and about supporting the Purple brand at numerous local events and programs conducted by Purple Beverage Company.

Purple is a unique and tasty blend of seven of the world’s most powerful antioxidant-rich juices, including the exotic açai berry, black cherry, pomegranate, black currant, purple plum, cranberry and blueberry. The health benefits of these juices are packed into an all-natural, no-sugar added beverage that is perfect as an on-the-go drink, part of a healthy fruit smoothie or mixed with your favorite spirit. Since debuting in late 2007, Purple has been praised by such high-profile publications as Health Magazine and Family Circle.

Purple can be found in select GNC stores across the country, as well as in restaurants, bars, nightclubs, delis, drug stores, health food stores, supermarkets and convenience stores. For more information, visit www.drinkpurple.com.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera was simply awesome on Sunday afternoon in the Bronx. He followed Chien-Ming Wang and Joba Chamberlain to preserve a 2-0 Yankee victory. He faced the heart of the Rays order and was simply put, overpowering. He got Carlos Pena on a broken bat pop up to A-Rod for the first out. He then struck out B.J. Upton and Cliff Floyd swinging to end the game.

For Rivera, he is 0-0 on the season with 3 saves in as many save opportunities. He now has 446 career saves and his season ERA is at 0.00.
Posted by: Patrick
I'm pleased to announce that today marks four years of MarianoRivera.com. I wanted to take a moment to highlight this and to thank David and everyone who has visited and supported the site. It's greatly appreciated.

Thank you for reading and for visiting MarianoRivera.com.
Posted by: Patrick
I found this funny, from Joel Sherman:

Again you do not want to over-emphasize spring training and one series, but the Yanks just maybe – maybe – have finally developed a bullpen that is not Mariano Rivera and the Pips.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera saved the day again for the Yankees, but this time there was a little bit more excitement. With only a one run lead, Rivera faced Vernon Wells to start the inning and he delivered a leadoff single up the middle. Shannon Stewart was next and he grounded weakly to A-Rod for the first out with Wells advancing to second on the play. Lyle Overbay worked the count to 2-0, but Mo got him to ground to Jeter up the middle for the second out with Wells moving up to third on the play. Aaron Hill was next and the Sandman caught him looking to end the game and preserve the win for Joba Chamberlain.

Rivera is 0-0 on the season with 2 saves in 2 save opportunities and his ERA is 0.00.
Posted by: Patrick
Jacl Curry reports that Mo would like to coach after he's retired as a player. "I don’t want to work with colleges or high schools. I want to work with minor leaguers," Rivera told Curry.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera worked a perfect ninth inning to save the season opener for the Yankees, as they defeated the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night in New York.

He caught Lyle Overbay looking for the first out and then got Aaron Hill to fly to center. He then faced Marco Scutaro and got him to ground to second to end the game.

It's the first save of the season for Mo and the 444th of his career.
Posted by: Patrick
From the Winnipeg Sun:

Mariano Rivera has not ventured across 161st Street for a look at the new Yankee Stadium, which looks almost finished.

"I want it to be a surprise," Rivera said.