Baseball Toaster Bronx Banter
The Good Guys
2005-02-21 09:18
by Alex Belth

On the lighter side, Jack Curry had a nice, long piece covering Bernie Williams' five-day tour of Venezuela and Colombia as U.S. cultural ambassador last week.

And Bob Klapisch recently caught up with Mariano Rivera to talk about how the 2004 ALCS may have effected his pysche:

To even suggest the Sox are in his head evokes a smile out of Rivera, who playfully says, "Come on, bro, no way. That's not possible."

That's not a lie. That's not a boast. Rivera is among the least neurotic players in the clubhouse, having made a permanent peace with the leadoff walk to Kevin Millar in the ninth inning of Game 4, ultimately costing the Bombers a chance to sweep the Sox.

But no one counted on Rivera walking Millar on a full-count fastball just inches inside. That started the Yankees on a downward spiral that turned into the most traumatic postseason collapse in baseball history.

Sitting at home days later, watching the Red Sox on TV in the World Series, Rivera said, "I asked myself, 'What could we have done differently? What did I do wrong?' It took me eight to 10 days to get over it. Then, I finally decided it wasn't meant to be. Sometimes you just can't explain it and you leave it at that."

..."What's the point of being angry at myself or at losing?" he said. "Life will go on. Baseball will go on. No one is supposed to succeed every time. I've always said, you learn more from failing than you do from winning."

Roger Angell couldn't have said it better himself.

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