It's the fans and other baseball observers who have trouble letting go of the fact that Mariano Rivera blew a save against the Mets on Tuesday, shockingly yielding two runs without getting an out in a 2-1 loss. Rivera himself had gotten over it long before his subsequent appearance Friday night, when he recorded his 19th save in a 4-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox.
"I mean, I wish I can bring it back," he said of the loss to the Mets. "That's my answer. I wish I can bring it back, but I can't. Can't do nothing about it, so I have to move on."
At 43, Rivera continues to be the most reliable of Yankees. On Friday night, called from the bullpen for his usual ninth-inning cameo, he allowed two one-out singles -- first baseman Mark Teixeira called them "seeing-eye hits" and said he should have made a play on the second one -- before retiring the side with no further damage.
That brought Rivera to 627 career saves, the most in major-league history. His earned run average in 22 appearances this year is down to a barely visible 1.77. And he felt no need for vindication in the wake of the loss to the Mets.
"I don't have to prove anything to no one," Rivera said. "Just have to be patient for another opportunity, and when I have it, make sure I do my job."
A loss -- as rare as it has been for him -- "is part of the game," he said. "The thing is, how are you going to bounce back after that? When you understand the game and you know those situations are going to happen, then you'll be OK.
"If I could bring [the loss] back, of course I would bring it back. But I can't, so therefore, I don't think about it."