Rivera vulnerable? Better think again

Incomparable closer wiggles out of bases-loaded jam to deliver series vs. D-backs

Updated: June 24, 2010, 6:12 PM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

PHOENIX -- In the clubhouse, after a game and viewed from behind, Mariano Rivera looks vulnerable -- even a bit frail.

His narrow, naturally stooped back bends even more under the burden of the gigantic ice bag strapped to his pitching shoulder, his balding head reminding you more than a little of the grainy old films of Joe Louis sadly trudging up the ring steps to be KO'd by Rocky Marciano in his final fight.

But even at 40 years old, there is nothing frail about Mariano Rivera, ...

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