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Quintessential Mo-Ments No. 14: 42 brings home 25

09/02/2013 9:04 AM ET
By Lou DiPietro

The World Series became Mariano Rivera's personal playground in the late-1990s.(AP)
Rivera seemingly did it all in the 1999 postseason, with two wins, six saves, and a 0.00 ERA in 12 1/3 innings over eight appearances – and he quite literally did it all in bringing the Yankees their final two wins of the year.

In Game 3 of the World Series against Atlanta, Mo came on after Chuck Knoblauch’s eighth-inning homer tied the game and gave the Yankees two fantastic innings, gutting through trouble twice to hold the tie until Chad Curtis blasted a walk-off homer off Mike Remlinger in the 10th to give New York a 3-0 stranglehold on the series.

One night later, Rivera came on with two outs in the eighth and got four straight outs, clinching the Series and earning himself World Series MVP honors in the process.

When the smoke cleared on the season, the Rolaids Relief Man of the Year hadn’t allowed an earned run in more than three months, finishing 1999 with 43 straight scoreless innings over 36 appearances.

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