Mariano Rivera

Events

Birth of a Legend

November 29, 1969

Mariano was born in Panama City to his parents Mariano Rivera Palacios and Delia Jiro, and was the 2nd of 4 children.

Amateur Baseball

1988

Mariano joined local amateur baseball team , Panama Oeste, as a shortstop.

Road to the Show

1990

Mariano is signed by the Yankees as a 20 year old undrafted free agent.

"Enter Sandman"

1991

Mariano's walk up song ,"Enter Sandman", by Metallica is written.

Tying the Knot

November 9, 1991

Mariano marries his wife, and eventual mother of his 3 kids, Clara Rivera.

Yankee Debut

May 23, 1995

Mariano makes his major league debut as he starts, giving up 5 runs and 8 hits and earning a loss.

First Major League Save

May 17, 1996

Now working out of the bullpen, Mariano pitches a scoreless ninth inning, and earns his first save.

First Ring

October 27, 1999

Mariano earns his first of many World Series rings, as well as Series MVP's , as the Yankees best the Braves and win the 1999 World Series.

Second Ring

October 26, 2000

Mariano helps wrap up the Mets, delivering the final out in the 5th game to win the series.

Kings Sometimes Fail

November 4, 2001

Mariano causes his first World Series loss as he gives up a game winning single to Luis Gonzalez, and hands the Diamondbacks a World Series win.

300th Save

May 28, 2004

Mariano becomes only the 17th pitcher to reach 300 saves as he bests the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

400th Save

July 16, 2006

Mariano becomes one of only 6 pitchers to reach 400 saves as he defeats the defending champs the Chicago White Sox.

500th Save

June 28, 2009

Mariano joins an exclusive club with only Trevor Hoffman at his side as he achieves his 500th save against the Mets.

Third Ring

November 4, 2009

Mariano reaches his 3rd World Series win as he gets the final out against the Philadelphia Phillies.

600th Save

September 14, 2011

Mariano reaches 600 saves, coming within one of the all time record, as he defeats the Mariners.

Career Saves Leader

September 19, 2011

Mariano becomes the all time saves leader as he passes Hoffman's 601 as he beats the Twins in a 1-2-3 9th.

Career Finished?

May 3, 2012

Mariano suffers a potential career ending injury as he tears his ACL in his right knee.

Rivera's Return

February 13, 2013

Mariano returns to spring training, as he continues to recover from his career threatening injury from the year before.

Final All-Star Showdown

July 16, 2013

Mariano pitches in his final all star game, as he acts as a setup man to secure the AL's win.

Leaving a Legacy

September 26, 2013

Mariano pitches in his final game at Yankee Stadium, leaving behind a legacy that will not be forgotten any time soon.