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The winner, and STILL champion …

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jun 07, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

For the first time this season, Mariano Rivera was awarded the championship belt by Commissioner Johnny Damon.

The greatest closer of all time had the belt displayed in his locker like it was the Cy Young Award. After what happened yesterday, retiring the side on 10 pitches was a good feeling. The ability to forget, Rivera said, is what helps make him who he is.

“I would say that’s one of my talents. I would say so,” he said. “I wouldn’t say that separates me from rest of closers because we have a lot of good closers. But I have that ability and I’m thankful.”

Meanwhile, Joe Girardi was asked why he bunted Jeter in the fifth inning. He said it was because Garza is tough against right-handers and they wanted Teixeira and A-Rod to have a chance to drive in the go-ahead run.

Jeter came to the plate 5 of 16 (.313) against Garza in his career with one strikeout. Bunting that player in this park in the fifth inning of a 1-1 game makes little sense. Small ball has its place, but the Yankees aren’t paying Jeter $20 million to bunt in a 1-1 game.




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