Quintessential Mo-Ments No. 9: Becoming a Fall Classic icon
The Yankees ended up putting up a seven-spot in that inning to take a 9-5 edge, and with two on and two out in the top of the eighth, Joe Torre finally called on Mariano Rivera to put out the fire in what was his first true World Series save situation.
Rivera did allow an unearned run in that eighth thanks to a Chuck Knoblauch error, but he got Steve Finley to ground out to end the frame and then overpowered the Padres in the ninth, shutting the door on what would be the fifth of 14 consecutive World Series games won for the Yankees.
It was Mo's first career World Series save and fourth of six that that postseason, and by the end of the series, he would be halfway to Dennis Eckersley's career record of six Fall Classic saves.