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Quintessential Mo-Ments No. 38: Back in the saddle again

09/26/2013 9:04 AM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Less than 11 months after tearing his ACL, Mariano Rivera - at age 43 - was back in uniform.(AP)
It may be hard to believe that a “day off” could be in any pitcher’s list of greatest moments – but when a 43-year-old man defies the odds and maybe even the laws of aging just to be able to show up, you make an exception.

Opening Day 2013 came less than 11 months after Mariano Rivera tore his right ACL and barely nine after he had the surgery to repair it, but that mattered not; when the Yankees were introduced one-by-one prior to their game with the Red Sox, there was No. 42, joining his teammates in soaking in the adulation of the crowd.

He didn’t pitch in the series’ first two games, but when he trotted out to “Enter Sandman” in the series finale and recorded his first save, Yankees fans had their fears assuaged: Mariano Rivera was back, and perhaps better than ever.

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