Quintessential Mo-Ments No. 34: 42 hits 1K

09/22/2013 9:04 AM ET
By Lou DiPietro

The pitch that officially made Mariano Rivera the first pitcher to make 1,000 appearances with one team.(AP)
For a position player, reaching 1,000 games is a feat that can be accomplished in a minimum of seven seasons; however, it's much harder for a pitcher, so much so that only 15 in Major League history have reached that plateau.

Prior to 2011, no one had gotten there with one single team…until, of course, Mariano Rivera showed up.

In the box score, game No. 1,000 was a ho-hum affair; Rivera hadn't pitched in a week, so Joe Girardi inserted him in a non-save situation to finish out a 7-3 win over Toronto, and Mo tossed a scoreless inning with one strikeout.

Still, just by toeing the rubber, he joined an elite club of durable hurlers that doesn't look ready to add any new members until at least 2015 at the earliest, just another step on his quest to prove that he truly is the greatest reliever of all-time...a mantle, of course, he would numerically reach just a few months later.

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