Quintessential Mo-Ments No. 21: Halfway to Immortality
No. 17 came on May 28, as he worked around a leadoff single by Aubrey Huff to shut Tampa Bay down and protect a 7-5 win, earning himself his 300th career save – a plateau that at the time less than two dozen men had ever reached.
The next night, Rivera once again came on in the ninth and shut down the Rays, this time in order, to get career save No. 301 – exactly half of what he eventually needed to break the all-time record – and No. 18 on the season, the nominal halfway point of a streak that saw him reach 35 in a row that season.
And to think, at 34 years old, he was still only getting better.