Quite possibly the greatest closer of all-time, and certainly the best closer in post season history, Rivera has many reasons to celebrate today!!
Among them would be that he is one of the most highly regarded relief pitchers in World Series history. His efforts during the post season have helped the new York Yankees nab 5 World Series titles during his reign as the team’s closer.
As we all prepare for the 2011 season, one has to wonder how much longer ‘Mo’ will want to play. A few more years? 1 more year? Who knows… What I do know and get reminded of consistently is that the role of a closer is only valuable to a club when the player is able to dominate each and every situation he faces. And that is what makes Mariano Rivera a solid and key contributor to his team’s victories.
Happy Birthday Mr. Rivera!!! 600 saves is right around the corner…