New York Yankee closer Mariano Rivera has been having a spectacular final season, finding himself rewriting the record books and depicted on airplanes. Rivera earned his 30th save of the 2013 season last night, giving him a a remarkable 15 seasons with at least 30 saves (breaking Trevor Hoffman’s record of 14).
Not going quietly into the sunset, Rivera has successfully saved all but two of the games he’s appeared in this season. If he keeps up the astounding pace, he could potentially break his personal-record for saves in a season (53 set back in 2004).
Rivera spoke with reporters after the game about the context of his record within the larger framework of the team.
Don’t get me wrong, don’t believe that I don’t appreciate it—I do appreciate that. At the same time, I’m a team player. Those things—I hate to talk about myself and those stats. The most important thing is we won. Thirty saves, 20 saves, 50 saves, whatever it is, as long as we win, it don’t matter. Winning is the only thing, and that’s what we are here for.
Rivera has closed 638 games for the New York Yankees. For us non-New Yorkers, this will always be his best moment.
[Source: Sporting News]