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Quintessential Mo-Ments No. 19: Filling in a snake hole

09/07/2013 9:04 AM ET
By Lou DiPietro

There was no bridge to Mariano Rivera needed in Game 3 of the 2001 World Series.(AP)
His 200th save may have been his best regular-season highlight of 2001, but Mariano Rivera’s true apex likely came in Game 3 of the World Series, a game where a Yankees loss would have put them in a likely-insurmountable 3-0 hole.

After a dominant seven-inning performance by Roger Clemens, Joe Torre knew just what to do in the eighth to protect a 2-1 lead: skip the bridge and go straight to “The Sandman,” who, naturally, was even more dominant.

A failed bunt attempt by Craig Counsell accounted for the first out of Mo’s six outs, and after the next four consecutive D-Back hitters struck out, Matt Williams hit a harmless hopper to Derek Jeter that closed out the game and brought the Yankees back within 2-1.

To add to the fun, one night later, Derek Jeter’s “Mr. November” home run made Rivera the first man to win a sanctioned MLB game in November…not a bad 30 hours or so, eh?

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