The World Series: Mariano Rivera/New York Yankees

In more than 50 times that year alone, Yankee pitcher Mariano Rivera had entered the ninth inning with a lead of three runs or less and shut down the opposition.

But in Game 7 against the Arizona Diamondbacks, things took an unexpected turn. Rivera’s decision to hurl his cutter against the Diamondback batter ended in officially blowing one of the biggest save opportunities of the game.

The Yankees lost 2 to 3! Rivera said only two things consoled him on that difficult trip home—his wife Clara and his Bible.

When Mariano Rivera goes on the field, written on his glove is Philippians 4:13—a reference to the New Testament passage: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Rivera went on to complete his career in 2013 as the all-time saves leader!

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