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May 25, 2011: Rivera Becomes 1st Pitcher to Appear in 1,000 Games for Same Team

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    May 25, 2011: Rivera Becomes 1st Pitcher to Appear in 1,000 Games for Same Team


    May 25, 2011 "Yankee closer Mariano Rivera becomes the first pitcher to appear in 1,000 games for the same team. The 41-year-old Panamanian right-hander, who has compiled 572 saves and 75 wins during his 17 seasons with the Bronx Bombers, is closing in on the all-time saves record established by Trevor Hoffman with 601."

    Mariano Rivera in 1,000th game
    Excerpts from the article

    "Rivera made his 1,000 career appearance against the Toronto Blue Jays, becoming the first pitcher to reach the 1,000-appearance plateau with one team. He is the 15th pitcher in major league history to appear in 1,000 games."

    "It's a blessing to be able to be on the same team and do that. It's not too often you see that. But the most important thing is that we won," Rivera said after retiring the side in the ninth inning of the Yankees' 7-3 win over Toronto."

    "After the game, the always-humble Rivera admitted that he was "surprised" by the accomplishment."

    Mariano Rivera
    Excerpts from the article:

    "Every batter knew what was coming when they faced Mariano Rivera, so it was hardly necessary for the New York Yankees’ catchers to conceal their signs."

    "They knew it was coming, perhaps the best cut fastball ever delivered by a big leaguer. And they still couldn’t hit it."

    "The Yankees won five World Series titles during his 19-season career, advancing to the postseason 17 times. Rivera was named the World Series MVP in 1999 and the ALCS MVP in 2003."

    "In 19 seasons, Rivera posted a record 652 saves with a win-loss mark of 82-60. His career ERA of 2.21 ranks No. 1 among all pitchers who started their careers in the Live Ball Era (post 1919), and his 952 games finished also rank first all time."

    "Rivera was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2019."

    Mariano Rivera
    Excerpts from the article:

    "Clara D?az Chac?n was a little girl who lived on a street in the fishing village of Puerto Caimito in Panama. A few houses up the road was an elementary school classmate. That boy’s studies ended in the ninth grade, but their paths crossed again when they were teenagers. They became boyfriend and girlfriend, and she was with him when he drove with his family to the airport in Panama City in 1990. Thus he began an adventure that would make him the first unanimous selection to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. The path was illuminated by their deep religious conviction. Clara and their three sons were with him when he heard the news. His name is Mariano Rivera."

    "“It gets to the point where you take him for granted. You never want to assume anything, but for the 12 years I have been here, he’s been the greatest assumption of my life. He has put himself in a place where nobody has ever been.” 1 — Joe Torre, 2007"

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    "The Yankee is one who, if he once gets his teeth set on a thing, all creation can't make him let go." Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Well if it was up to George he'd have made that 1,000th appearance for the Mariners.
    I hid in the clouded wrath of the crowd, when they said "sit down" I stood up.