(Full disclosure: I’m an out Yankee fan and have been for all of my 35 years in Boston. Well, most of them, anyway. I kind of kept quiet while watching, in a downtown Boston watering hole, Bucky Dent’s improbable 1978 playoff game home run.)
Rivera is one of the true good guys in major league baseball – incredibly gifted, accomplished, and classy. There’s no question he’s lost something over the past few years (hey – the Red Sox have gotten far enough into his head they should be paying condo fees), but performances like tonight’s – his record-setting fourth All Star save – are a reminder of just how special Mo is.