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Quintessential Mo-Ments No. 17: Three-peatin'

09/05/2013 9:04 AM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Another day, another World Series title for Mariano Rivera and the Yankees.(Seattle Times)
After Mariano Rivera's heroics in Game 4, the Yankees entered Game 5 of the 2000 World Series with three chances to cement a three-peat...and of course, it was Rivera on the mound once again when just that moment occurred.

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.

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