Nine-hundred days. In the more than 900 days since Mariano Rivera induced Mike Piazza to fly out to center, closing out the Yankees' last victorious World Series, a great deal has changed. The very world we live in has been altered forever. The mayor of New York is no longer a life-long Yankees fan, but a member of Red Sox nation. Michael Jordan unretired and re-tired (AGAIN). Barry Bonds became the best player since his godfather. More immediately, the New York Yankees have changed.
Coming off of three consecutive World Series titles, the Yankees replaced more than half of their starting lineup. Gone are Paul O'Neill, Tino Martinez, Chuck Knoblauch, Scott Brosius, and David Justice; replaced by Raul Mondesi, Jason Giambi, Alfonso Soriano, Robin Ventura, and Hideki Matsui. The 2000 team was a National League style club, based around pitching, defense, and timely hitting. This 101st version of the Bronx Bombers looks more like the 1927 edition, with abscesses of power and pitching.
the more things change, the more they stay the same. The
Yankees again are favored to play deep into October. This
brings me to another number, 42, that of Mariano
Mariano Rivera is the single most important player in the Yankees success over the last ten seasons. With four rings, two reliever of the year awards, twice finishing in the top third in Cy Young voting, a World Series MVP trophy, and a multi-million dollar salary, Rivera has been well recognized and compensated for his services. What sets him apart from his contemporaries is his calm under pressure. Always the stoic, Mariano has been known to nap during games, only to be awakened in the eighth. Rivera has drawn comparisons to the Yankee Clipper, Joe DiMaggio for his lack of outward emotion. There is another quality the two share. Mariano Rivera, much as DiMaggio, is a winner and expects nothing less. That is the very essence of being a New York Yankee.
days may seem like quite a while in baseball parlance. That
time however, pales in comparison to the one thousand-one
hundred days (1998-2001) the Yankees held the World
Championship. Each and every one of those days, Yankees fans
were thankful that they had the one and only Mariano. A
great deal has changed, but the with Mariano Rivera on call,
the Yankees still have an edge over the rest of
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