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Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Knowing How to Lose

It is easy to look good when you win, and most winners don't screw their perspective and attitude up so badly that you wish they hadn't won at all (I can think of a few though). It is harder to look good, and graceful, when you lose. But that is just what we saw yesterday in Mariano Rivera, a winner if there ever was one.
The guy gets ridiculed and razzed, on the road - by a stadium full of fans of his toughest opponent, for blowing four straight saves, his primary job. So what does this future first ballot HOFer do? He smiles gracefully, tips his cap, and offers us a sly little laugh, showing us he knows full well he blew it, but that he's still around, and he's won his share as well. Yes, he was saying, I know what it is like on both sides.
Yankee or not, a class act and a great player.

Another who knows how to lose so gracefully, and did so for over 50 years until last season: Johnny Pesky. 'Ya gotta love Johnny, one of the nicest people I ever met.