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Mariano Rivera: The believer

Faith also makes him the greatest, least understood player of his generation

Updated: September 30, 2011, 2:58 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

EIGHT YEARS AGO, on the night of Thursday, Oct. 16, 2003, the New York Yankees recorded their last defining, signature victory over the Boston Red Sox. The night, highlighted by Aaron Boone's pennant-winning home run in the bottom of the 11th inning of the seventh and deciding game of the American League Championship Series, represented the last major victory for the Yankees at the old Yankee Stadium and ended eight decades of the hammer-and-nail relationship between the two teams. The next season, ...

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