Friday, June 25, 2004

Mo & Enrique

Here's a great sequence from my favorite Yankees blog, Bronx Banter. An excerpt from a new book on the Torre Yankees Dynasty is posted that deals with Mariano Rivera's demeanor and how it's helped him be...well...awesome. Then it talks about how he blew Game 7 in 2001 and the aftermath was:

The Yankees’ victory parade in the city was canceled, and Enrique Wilson, the Yankees’ utility infielder, changed his flight back to the Dominican Republic. The plane Wilson was initially scheduled for—American Airlines Flight 587—crashed in Queens, killing all 260 passengers.

Wilson saw Rivera the next spring, and they talked about the twist of fate. If Rivera had closed out the Diamondbacks in the bottom of the ninth of Game 7, Wilson would have, in all likelihood, been on the plane that went down. For Rivera, this was further confirmation that he and his teammates were all subject to God’s will. “I’m glad we lost the World Series,” Rivera said, “because it means that I still have a friend.”

Then, in the comments section, some guy named Murray writes:

I don't know about anybody else here, but I would gladly have sacrificed Enrique Wilson for a World Championship in 2001.

Now, that is passion. I must say I had a similar philosophy last year: I would personally have killed left-hander Felix Heredia to win the World Series. I just found it funny this morning, back at work, rotting in my chair, like the Nazi at the end of Last Crusade who chose poorly.


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