On this day in Yankee history: Mariano Rivera picks up 500th career save and first/only RBI
Eight years ago today, Mariano Rivera notched his 500th career save, while also picking up his first career RBI (and only one). In a Subway Series meeting with the Mets, closer Francisco Rodriguez walked Derek Jeter to put Rivera up with the bases loaded. Rivera came up to bat, with no RBIs in his legendary career and having to face one of the best closers at the time in K-Rod. Rivera worked the at-bat to a full count before K-Rod lost him by pitching ball four. The walk gave Mariano his first and only RBI of his career.
He then went on to shut down the Mets at Citi Field in the bottom half of the ninth. His 500th career save only added to his legendary career and put a stamp on the debate of who the greatest closer ever is. Known for his wipeout cutter, Rivera ended his career with 652 saves, the most of all-time. He also ended with 13 career All-Star appearances and postseason records in saves (42) and ERA (0.70). He becomes eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2019 and should likely be a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
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