Who’s the more beloved New York Yankee: Derek Jeter or Mariano Rivera? | The Tylt
Who’s the more beloved New York Yankee: Derek Jeter or Mariano Rivera?
There have been 15 captains in the New York Yankees 114-year history. Rivera was never one of them. Jeter was. Since he became a regular starter in 1996, Jeter has been the face of the Yankees. He made 14 all-star teams, and was World Series MVP in 2000.
Jeter earned a lot of love from Yankees fans for his clutch play, peaking during the playoffs and holding MLB playoff records in hits, runs scored and total bases. But the true indicator of his impact on the game was how he was honored during his last season. Louisville Slugger renamed Jeter’s bat model to “DJ2”. And while he was honored at every ballpark on his farewell tour, the hated Boston Red Sox went out of their way with a ceremony involving retired Red Sox players and other Boston sports icons paying homage to Jeter.
There are a lot of players that have worn the pinstripes. Jeter will always be one of the most beloved.
One pitch. Many pitchers need four or five pitches to get hitters out. Rivera only needed the cutter.
For nearly two decades, the New York Yankees trusted Rivera to shut the door for the Yankees when the game was on the line. He rewarded them with an MLB-record 652 saves. Rivera made was nearly unhittable in the playoffs, holding MLB records like career playoff ERA (0.70) and most saves (42). His ability to close out games when it mattered earned him a World Series MVP in 1999.
Mariano may not have gotten the farewell tour love that Jeter got, but it was close. One of the best gifts was from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Rivera was gifted with a gold record of “Enter Sandman,” his walk-up song that struck fear in the batters that faced him.
Rivera is a reserved man, but that never stopped people from falling in love with his invincible persona on the mound. Much like his cutter, Rivera is one of a kind.