Quintessential Mo-Ments No 5: Postseason Hero, Take 2

08/24/2013 9:04 AM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Mariano Rivera's late-inning dominance was a big catalyst in the Yankees' run to the 1996 World Series.(AP)
Mariano Rivera cemented his future in the bullpen in 1996 by going 8-3 with a 2.09 ERA in 107.2 innings, but he cemented his spot as the "heir apparent" to the closer's role with a dominant postseason performance that saw him go 1-0 with a 0.63 ERA in 14.1 postseason innings.

The most clutch of those innings were the final two, as Mo came on in the seventh inning of Game 6 of the World Series looking to protect a two-run lead and bring the Yankees to the brink of their 23rd World Championship.

As they hadn't been all series, the Braves were once again no match for the most solid bridge in baseball; Rivera walked Terry Pendleton to lead off the seventh, then retired the next six in a row on just 17 pitches to give eventual MVP John Wetteland his last big moment in pinstripes.

Mo's performance helped put ring No. 1 in the books, and it would be the last time Rivera played second fiddle to anyone.

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