Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Yankees' Mariano Rivera: Red Sox-Lover?

Growing up a Yankee fan, it's been easy for me to just assume that the game ends in baseball when your team holds a lead heading into the ninth. Thanks, Mariano.

In the Yankees/Red Sox rivalry, it's hard to dislike Mariano Rivera. He's quiet and humble, and he lacks any visible shtick or gimmicks -- a calling card for too many closers, who shall remain nameless (Papelbon, K-Rod).

Mariano is forthright with the media, but relatively few feature pieces are ever written about him. So when the New York Times published this list of factoids about Mo, I jumped on it. You should too.

My favorite? The introduction, which states that "He grew up in New York and now lives with his wife (a Red Sox fan)".

Even in the home of the greatest closer of all time, the rivalry rages. Unbelievable.

(Speaking of straddling the two sides, check out what former Sox and Yanks favorite Johnny Damon had to say about his experiences with both teams.)

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