Quintessential Mo-Ments No. 24: Four for 400

09/12/2013 9:04 AM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Tony Pena hugs Mariano Rivera after Mo recorded his 400th save on July 16, 2006.(AP)
Mariano Rivera had just 34 saves in 63 appearances on 2006, but he’ll never forget No. 21, because it put him into rarified territory.

On paper, it was just another dominant performance for Mo: two innings pitched, one hit, one walk, and one strikeout over 26 pitches in a 6-4 win over the White Sox – but once it went into the record books, it gave Rivera 400 career saves, joining him with Trevor Hoffman, Lee Smith, and John Franco as the only men at the time to reach that plateau.

Hoffman, who would be the all-time leader Rivera eventually passed, was still only second to Smith at the time, but even at 36 years old, Mo let everyone know that season that the chase for greatness was still on.

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