Quintessential Mo-Ments No. 2: Welcome to The Show

08/21/2013 9:04 AM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Mariano Rivera's inauspicious debut was thankfully not a harbinger of a career to come.(Daily News)
Before he was the greatest relief pitcher of all-time, Mariano Rivera was actually a starter, and an injury to Jimmy Key paved the way for Mo's MLB debut in May 1995.

That first outing wasn't a great one, as he lasted just 3 1/3 innings and allowed five runs on eight hits in a 10-0 loss to the Angels, but it was the first step down what would be a nearly 20-year road filled with better days - and, as the old saying goes, Rivera try, tried again five days later in Oakland and ended up with his first win after allowing only one run in 5 1/3 innings of a 4-1 Yankees victory over the A's.

He would make eight more starts over the next three months, but after a long and strong relief outing in late-August and a September to remember out of the 'pen, Rivera would go on to cement himself as a bullpen icon in the Yankees' first post-season action since 1981.

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