Quintessential Mo-Ments No. 8: Gaining Redemption
Barely 12 months after a blown save in 1997 ALDS sent the Indians on the path to the World Series, Rivera was dominant in their 1998 ALCS rematch, allowing only one baserunner over 5 2/3 innings – but he really earned his keep in the final two games.
Coming into Game 5 with one out, two on, and a two-run lead in the eighth, Rivera got a key double play and then retired the side in the ninth to give the Yanks a 3-2 series lead – and two nights later, he emphatically closed out the series with a 1-2-3 nine pitch outing that put the Bombers back in the Fall Classic for the first of four consecutive years.
Redemption, thy name is Rivera.