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If you’re one of those hardcore Yankees fans, who stayed up for last night’s game like me, you saw one crazy game. Last night’s game could be described in one word: Sloppy. It was one of the worst games I’ve ever seen.

With the game tied 5-5, heading into the bottom of the 9th inning, Girardi handed the ball to Mariano Rivera.  Mo set the Diamondbacks hitters down in order 1-2-3, and allowed the Yankees hitters to get the go ahead run. Curtis Granderson blasted a solo home run in the top of the 10th inning to put the team ahead 6-5. Mariano Rivera even got an at-bat, but wound up grounding out to end the inning.

Rivera ran into some trouble in the bottom of the 10th inning. With runners on 2nd and 3rd and nobody out, Girardi had to make a decision on what to do with Miguel Montero. This is the same guy who gave them trouble the entire series. He allowed Mariano Rivera to intentionally walk Montero. The great part about Mo is that it’s considered a rare occasion when he walks a batter, so he’s pretty much the only guy that you would feel comfortable doing that with. What happened next? Chris Young and Adam LaRoche popped out, and he struck out Mark Reynolds to end the game. It was simply amazing, or an act of God if you want to call it that. Walking off the field, Kim Jones grabbed him for a quick interview and one of the first things he said was, “We played horrible.” Yeah, this was just a regular season game, but the funny part about all of it was that Rivera made it seem like a playoff game.

“There isn’t a human on the planet who can get out of that jam like Mo,” Rodriguez said. “Once he gets one out, then you’re like, ‘Well, now a double play gets us out of it.’ I thought the biggest out was the first one.”

“That’s why he’s the best ever,” said D-backs manager A.J. Hinch. “He’s the best ever at his craft. You try to scratch and claw one [run] any way you can. If you get greedy and get two, we’re celebrating.”

We take it for granted. They’ll never be another man quite like him…

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