So to very little fan fare from the media types, Mariano Rivera did today what he had done 643 times prior to today - succesfully close a game out with absolutely no emotional quotient. Just punching the clock.
Except this time as we all know he did it to pass Trevor Hoffman as the all-time leader.
While I have no doubt this record will stand for at least the next 10 to 15 seasons - I'm not sure I would put this in the untouchable category. AT least not yet. It is too new of a stat to know if anyone will get close to this.
Mo stays at it for 2 maybe 3 seasons, close in on 700, and then we just wait and see. But a lot things need to line up for a decade and half for some pitcher out there to get in the conversation.
1st ballot HOF? Probably. Class guy, ambassador for the game and the biggest stage.
If the saves record is not untouchable what is? Strikouts, Career Wins, and Consecutive Games Played.
I do believe the all time hits record will be broken, and the 56 game hitting streak I think will get done at some point by an Ichiro type player.
I know this post is dedicated to Mo, but not for not nothing - how about the Sox melting down the stretch??!!