Mariano Rivera is much more than the greatest closer of all time. Put him right up there with the greatest Yankees of all time. This is baseball’s most hallowed ground, and Rivera is part of the Yankees’ Fantastic Five in my all-time record book.
You have to start with Babe Ruth; forever he will be No. 1. The Iron Horse Lou Gehrig, who called himself the “luckiest man on the face of the Earth,” is next. No. 3 is Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio. Then comes Derek Jeter, Mr. 3,000. Rounding out the Fantastic Five is the incomparable Mariano Rivera.
...It hurts deeply for a kid who grew up a Mickey Mantle fan to move The Mick out of the top five, but this is the new Yankees reality. Time marches on, and Mantle, for all his greatness, does not make my final-five cut. If he had stayed healthy, it would have been a different story. Go cry to Billy Crystal.
Jeter — with all his championship rings, his heady play at shortstop through the years, his 3,075 hits, the most hits in Yankees history — deserves a top spot, too.
...Mariano Rivera is one of the greatest five Yankees of all time. Put No. 42 right up there with golden numbers — 3, 4, 5 and 2. Someday there will be a monument for him. He is the stuff of Yankees legends.
Monument Mo was built one brick, one cutter, one save at a time for all-time.