After striking out two straight batters, Mariano Rivera finished today’s game by leaping over a fragment of broken bat, knocking down a comebacker and making the play for the final out.
“Mo is by far the best athlete on this team and I think anyone would tell you that,” Mark Teixeira said. “You should see him pregame catching fly balls in the outfield. You should see him run and workout. If he had decided 20 years ago to become a center fielder, he’d probably be a Hall of Fame center fielder too.”
Joe Girardi agreed.
“I’m not sure a lot of pitchers could have made that play,” Girardi said. “They might have gotten out of the way of the bat and not caught the ball, or vice versa. It was a really amazing play. I’ve always talked about Mo, what a great athlete he is, and that’s what we saw.”
Rivera, of course, only laughed when a group of reporters huddled around his locker and asked about it.
“It’s an out,” he said. “You have to find a way to get it done.”
Associated Press photo of Rivera with Francisco Cervelli.