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Mo is the Man -- albeit in the 8th


By Mike Harrington

Nice collage tweeted (above) by MLB Public Relations showing the adulation of today's New York City papers toward Mariano Rivera. As well there should be. As All-Star moments go, there was Ted Williams at the mound with everyone around him in 1999 and there was Mo with the field by himself last night.

I wasn't a fan of how Jim Leyland played this one, frankly. The chances of Joe Nathan blowing a three-run lead in the eighth were remote and Mariano could have thus gotten the save in the ninth, instead of will now be the most memorable hold in the history of relief pitching. But I get it too. Even if things happened and Leyland got Mariano up quick, there would not have been this kind of moment. Fair enough.

FOX's Ken Rosenthal gives Leyland's side of things here and I buy it. As time goes on, it will be all about the moment and not whether it was the eighth or ninth. ESPN's Jayson Stark is a little more in my camp, admitting a hold for Rivera was "frankly, kind of weird."

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Mike Harrington

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Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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