I'm only signing in now, as I've been researching a
national scandal. It includes the hosts on XM with 1
exception--Charley Steiner. Even though Charley has
an ESPN background, he praises Mariano on his program.
Why? Because he saw every pitch thrown by Rivera in
at least 3 regular and post seasons. Even when Jayson
Stark came on Charley's show today, he tried to turn
the focus to one game in which Mo failed (he gave up a
bloop hit). Stark would not be stopped---here is a man
who's thrown for 11 consecutive regular and post
seasons, and even though Stark will give Mo some
credit, he then takes over the agenda on this broadcast
outlet, in dramatic tones, tries to put him down. Steiner
tried to get Stark to focus on the specific circumstance
of his example, which would've shown it to be not so
dramatic, but Stark wouldn't be stopped. He then blurts
out the standard ESPN dis, "Oh, but Rivera's had more
opportunities." Steiner wonders why this fact should
penalize Mo instead of letting people recognize his feat.
They never answer. Charley seemed frustrated, but
politely moved on.