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Quintessential Mo-Ments No. 16: Slamming the Subway door

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

The 2000 World Series could've been much closer than the 4-1 tally if not for Mariano Rivera's Game 3 heroics.(AP)
Game 3 of the 2000 World Series saw the seemingly unthinkable, as the Mets snapped the Yankees’ incredible 14-game winning streak in the Fall Classic. So, with a 3-2 lead in Game 4 and the usual bridge already exhausted, Torre called on Rivera to get a two-inning save and all but shut the door on the Amazins’ chances.

Of course, Mo didn’t just shut the door…he slammed it.

Rivera allowed a two-out single in the eighth to future teammate Todd Zeile, but that was it; another future teammate, Robin Ventura, popped out to end that inning, and in the ninth, a fly ball and a pair of backwards K’s – the second vanquishing Matt Franco to end the game – gave the Yanks a 3-1 series lead and a chance to close out their three-peat at Shea Stadium the following night.

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