Quintessential Mo-Ments No. 17: Three-peatin'
Closing out a postseason that saw him pitch 15 2/3 innings over 10 appearances and notch six saves, it was Mo who came in for the final half-inning of the year with a two-run lead – one that came courtesy of unlikely hero Luis Sojo’s two-run single in the top of the ninth – and a chance to make history.
It got hairy for a moment, as with two outs and Benny Agbayani on third, Mike Piazza lifted a deep fly ball to the center field gap…but it wasn’t deep enough, as Bernie Williams tracked it down and gave the Yankees their third consecutive World Championship.
For Rivera, it was his second save of the Series and seventh overall in the Fall Classic, breaking a tie with Rollie Fingers to give “The Sandman” the most saves in World Series history at just 30 years old.