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." Did you miss it? Check it out below:
Did you miss it? Check it out below:
taggedAll-Star Game | Yankees