Do you love the Yankees? You should keep reading.
Do you hate the Yankees? You should keep reading.
As the 2013 MLB season is coming to an end, so does the era of Mariano Rivera and Derek Jeter suiting up together in Yankee Pinstripes.
Jeter has been benched with an ankle injury he suffered in game one of the ALCS against the Tigers last October. The injury allowed him to only play in seventeen games all season for the Yankees.
Rivera on the other hand is set to retire at seasons end. His farewell tour has been something worth following all season long.
Since being everyday teammates in 1996, the two players have showed professionalism, sportsmanship, and what it truly means to be a member of the New York Yankees. Together, they went on to win five World Series championships, two World Series MVP’s, and two All Star Game MVP’s.
Rivera will leave as the best closer in baseball history. His postseason career consists of 42 career saves and has only allowed eleven earned runs in the postseason. That is less runners scored than men have walked on the moon. If that isn’t incredible, I don’t know what is.
He is also going to leave the game with the most saves in baseball history with over 650 saves.
All of this credit is due to one pitch, the cutter. Pitchers try to mimic it, but have little success. It doesn’t matter if hitters are lefty or righty, he will get them to swing through it and shatter their bats. The one pitch defined his entire career and even though some hitters have seen him over twenty times, they still have the same results.
As for Jeter, he is set to be back for the 2014 season, he will continue his own personal records. He is the only Yankee in history with 3,000 career hits. He also leads all of MLB in postseason hits.
These two have been a major factor for the Yankees late 90’s dynasty where the team won four championships in five years (’96, ’98, ’99, ’00). They went onto win one more ring together in ’09.
As baseball gets ready to wrap up another season, it will never be the same after this year.
Number 42 will never be worn again. Number 2 and 42 of the Yankees will never play in a game together, ever again.