Mariano Rivera Get's Save Number 600
Wednesday, September 14 2011 @ 11:49 AM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
The Yankees got to win no. 90 with a 3-2 win over the Seattle Mariners, with Robinson Cano hitting a home run (his 26th this season) and 2 RBIs, making it 111 for him this year. Riveraís achievement was almost delayed. David Robertson got in some trouble with a 2-0 count and a walk, so Mariano came on to finish the job.
Derek Jeter whoís been with him since the start for the Yankees was able to relate, not only because theyíve won so much together and played together for so long. He also had his own big milestone moment this year, reaching the coveted 3000 hit mark. Weíve been close for a long time and I know how important it is for him to come in and do his job. He takes a lot of pride in it. Heís a prideful guy.
Joe Girardi wasnít shy of giving away some compliments, feeling good after the win - I donít know if weíll ever see it again. Thatís how much of an accomplishment this is that he and Trevor Hoffman have done. Simply remarkable. This is a guy who I believe is the best closer thatís ever been in the game and Iíve had the fortune of catching him, coaching him and managing him and itís a treat.
The closest pitcher even remotely close to Rivera among active pitchers is Francisco Cordero, whoís 36, with 322 saves. Like Girardi said, itíll be a very unlikely occasion to see anyone reach these numbers again.