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  • Rivera: A Perfect Career, Perfect Farewell

    What is so exquisitely impossible about the epic career of the Panamanian fisherman's son, Mariano Rivera, isn't his 652 saves, though the record is untouchable forevermore. Or that he did it all with basically one pitch, a cut fastball, thrown at speeds that didn't shatter the radar gun or even overheat it. Or that he just happened to inherit No. 42 before Major League Baseball immortalized it, making him the last player who'll wear Jackie Robinson's number.


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