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Yes, he is the greatest closer of all time. Yippy. This is an honor akin to being the greatest punter of all time.
Except that punters actually matter and don't get enough love...
“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me. Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.”
That must explain the ASG moment. Also, no punters, not even Ray Guy, are in the NFL HOF. It sounds like MO shouldn't hold his breath.
I think David Justice put it all into perspective when asked how the great Brave's teams of the 90s would have fared with Mariano as a closer, Justice replied that they would have won 3 or 4 championships.
There has ever been a punter in the history of football which I follow closely that has ever given his team such an advantage.
Thats absurd revisionist history from Justice. Halle Berry warped his mind. They lost in 6 games in 96, Rivera might have made a difference in game 3, with the Leyritz homer, maybe. They lost in 7 to Minesota in 91 because they couldnt win on the road, losing game 7 1-0 in ten innings. I dont recall the Braves pen blowing any of those games. How would Rivera have helped there? Was he going to pinch run for Lonnie Smith so he didnt get duped by Kirby Puckett into not scoring from second on Gant's double in the 8th or 9th inning? In 1999 they were swept by New York, but I think Justice was with the Yankees then. In 92 they lost to a wholly superior Toronto team in 6, and in 93 won 104 games in the regular season (beating a 103 win SF team out on the last day of the season thanks to the Dodgers), then lost in 6 to a dominant Phillies team that they had no chane to beat. Justice is the embodiment of the old saying "the older I get, the better I was". Even so, I dont recall that Braves team blowing a whole lot of saves, especially in the postseason other than Jimmy Leyritz and Ed Sprague. I knew that team very, very well because I followed the Reds at the time, and we were all in the old NL West. I have never hated any sports team more than I hated that Braves team. Three or four championships with Rivera? Uh uh, I don't think so Davey. Hes probably pointing to 96 and 92, adding them to the tally. Big stretch.