Quintessential Mo-Ments No. 29: King (for a day) of Queens
After coming in that night to get the final out of the eighth, Rivera likely thought he wouldn’t bat with the pitcher’s spot due up sixth – but, with two on and two outs, Francisco Rodriguez intentionally walked Derek Jeter to bring up “The Sandman” with the bases loaded for just the third regular-season plate appearance of his career.
In a moment K-Rod would almost certainly like to have back, he proceeded to walk Mo on a 3-2 pitch, forcing in an insurance run that gave Rivera his first career RBI…and roughly 15 minutes later, he finished the bottom of the ninth to get his 500th career save.
Not a bad way to make your presence felt at a new locale, eh?