The Hartford uses cliches it doesn't even understand....
"When it matters most" didn't include Game Seven of the 2001 World Series or the 2004 ALCS against Boston, I guess, because The Great MarianoTM wasn't particularly steady in THOSE moments, in fact totally choking them away. The Marlins and Red Sox fans are most grateful that while television continues to treat Rivera like he was some kind of god of relievers, he could actually gag with the very best of them in the playoffs.
More accurate: "But what set Mariano Rivera apart was a coterie of umpires who acted as though his personal strike zone was six inches wider on each side of home plate than any other pitcher's." Batters learned over the years that they'd better swing at anything that he didn't roll up to the plate, because the odds were that if the catcher got a glove on it, the umpire would call it a strike.ReplyDelete
Like Derek Jeter jacknifing away from pitches he didn't want to swing at- if he did that, the pitch must have been a ball, right? I mean, if it was a strike, he would have swung at it!Delete