In an interview following his first blown save of the season against the cross town rival Mets, Mariano Rivera inadvertently revealed the secret of his storied success.
“I guess someone went to bed before the end of the game, didn’t they?”
Rivera declined to name names. “They know who they are,” is all he would say.
Rivera has announced that he will retire at the end of the season, and barring some miracle, tonight was the last night he will pitch at Citi Field in Queens. He has enjoyed tremendous success against the Mets, converting 22 of 25 save opportunities, including tonight’s blown save.
He shook his head with profound disappointment and said, “Could you not watch with me one hour? Twenty minutes!?”
Looking directly at the camera he said, “Let’s suck it up now. If you don’t get on the ball, I’ll never get my playoff bonus this year.”