Without question, hesitation or doubt, New York Yankees legend Mariano Rivera is the greatest closer to ever step onto a baseball diamond (and that is extremely hard for us to admit, as we loathe to compliment the Evil Empire).
Well, even at the ripe ole’ age of 43, after 12 All-Star games, five World Series rings and with a Major League record of 617 saves, Rivera is still doing things even he himself has never done.
Mariano Rivera’s 9 saves in April are his most ever for the month.
— MLB Stat of the Day (@MLBStatoftheDay) April 28, 2013
Simply known to generations of Yankees fans as “Mo,” the last player still wearing the No. 42 (it was retired by MLB in honor of Jackie Robinson, but Rivera was grandfathered in because he was wearing it before the league-wide retirement) has still got it.
Oh yes, and did we mention that he spent all of last year recovering from a torn ACL only to come back and dominate like he has thus far?
Yeah, that too.