Mariano Rivera picked up save No. 602 on Monday afternoon, surpassing Trevor Hoffman as the Major League Baseball's all-time leader in saves. The New York Yankees closer pitched a three-up, three-down final inning to earn the record in his first attempt.
Rivera entered the game with 6-4 lead over the Minnesota Twins and proceeded to do what he's done time and time again following the playing of Metallica's 'Enter Sandman'.
Rivera first faced Trevor Plouffe, forcing a ground out to first base. The second batter he faced was Michael Cuddyer, on one of the few regulars in the Twins' lineup, but he too fell to Rivera after lining out to Chris Dickerson. The third out came when Rivera struck out Chris Parmlee, the Twins' first baseman who hit a home run earlier in the contest.
SB Nation New York would like to congratulate Rivera on the amazing accomplishment and looks forward to many more years of Rivera closing games -- or at least as many as Rivera would like.