Mariano Rivera has pitched his last game at Yankee Stadium. It was certainly one last moment for the scrapbook (until he comes back to throw the first pitch or something). For the past week, we’ve been collecting some of your favorite Mo memories. Here they are, as put together by several of my fine colleagues The Journal News. I wish I could say I had something to do with this, but my only role was to put it in a blog post. It’s awfully cool.
By Peter D. Kramer
There are Yankees fans in the Lower Hudson Valley, kids 18 and younger, who — except for last year, when Mariano Rivera was injured — have never had to worry about a ninth inning. They have lived in the golden age of “Mo,” a man who had one pitch and beat the best of the game throwing it.
Sluggers knew his cut fastball was coming, but for years they were powerless to do anything about it but flail wildly and be rewarded with a broken bat.
Mariano broke plenty of bats. And records. And his departure will break a few hearts.
The 43-year-old also owns the postseason save record: At 42.
We reached out to fans to share their favorite Mo Moments. Their remembrances vary from the in-game — the one day he saved two games, the time he got three outs on three pitches — to more personal brushes with greatness — a chance meeting in a mall parking lot, the time he took the time to sign an autograph.