Wednesday, February 04, 2009
"We were up 3-0 and Mo (Rivera) came in again with the lead and lost it. He lost it again. As great as he is, and it's amazing what he does, if you start the evaluation again since I got here, he has accomplished nothing in comparison to what he accomplished in the four years before. He blew the World Series in '01. He lost the Boston series. He didn't lose it himself but we had a chance to win in the ninth and sweep them, and he doesn't do it there."
"I know you look at everything (Rivera's) done and it's been awesome," Mussina continues. "I'll admit that. But it hadn't been the same in those couple of years." [Yankee Years]
It seems like Yankee fans and specifically Mariano lovers are jumping down the throat of Mike Mussina for these comments. But why? Is it not true? If Mo was his godly self in those spots than the Yankees would certainly have 1 more World Series and would arguably have another (I mean the Red Sox did embarass the Cardinals). It's not as if Mike Mussina is putting 100% of the blame on Mariano, he's just stating facts. If Mo truly did his job every single time, as his legend goes, than Mike would have a ring on his finger.
I guess sometimes the truth is too much to bare.