Pat Pickens' 2007 preview may mislead readers about the documented performance of Mariano Rivera. Pickens misses 2 recent post-season series-clinching performances by the Yankee reliever:
- 2003 Game 7, ALCS, Rivera pitched 3 consecutive scoreless innings, took his team to the World Series, was named ALCS MVP, and was the Winning Pitcher of record. Pickens may think this doesn't count because it wasn't technically a "Save,"and says Mo has done nothing since 2001. Pickens may wish to look at that game someday.
- 2004 Game 4, ALDS, Rivera pitched 2 innings in an extra-inning game that clinched the ALDS for his team, taking them on to the next level of post season play, the ALCS. Again, Rivera was the Winning Pitcher of record. Pickens tells you Mo hasn't clinched a post season series since 2001. Additionally, he was used in all 4 games of the 2004 ALDS.
These are Pat Pickens' words from Sacred Heart University's college paper (Fairfield, CT.),
- "By the way does anyone else realize that Mariano Rivera hasn't saved a playoff series-clinching game since the 2001 ALDS? He's blown two since then. But�"
Pat, enjoy your career at ESPN or BP, if you're not already doing so.
From the publication, media.www.sacredheartspectrum.com, 3/29/07.
- As soon as people get their facts straight, I'll move on to other topics.