Quintessential Mo-Ments No. 9: Becoming a Fall Classic icon

08/28/2013 9:04 AM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Mariano Rivera is mobbed by teammates after sweeping the Padres in the 1998 World Series.(AP)
It seemed like nothing could stop the 1998 Yankees juggernaut from cruising to the title, at least until the Padres took a 5-2 lead into the seventh inning stretch in Game 1 of the World Series.

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.

No sweat.

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.

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