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Yankees Magical Moment No. 9: Mo Saves the '09 All-Star Game

A game in which the Yankee batters didn't represent the club too well (Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira combined to go 0-5), Mariano Rivera was brought in to close out a tight game, and showed why he's the greatest closer of all time.

In the midst of the Yanks' 2009 World Series run, the All-Star Game would be played in the new Busch Stadium, and the AL jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead, scoring twice off NL starter Tim Lincecum. It wasn't long before the NL came back, taking a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the second. Then it was the AL's turn to come back, scoring once in the fifth and eighth innings to take a 4-3 lead.

AL Manager Joe Maddon used relievers Jon Papelbon and Joe Nathan to get through the seventh and eighth innings - who each nearly blew the lead - but he saved his best bullet for last. The Sandman came in, induced a groundout, strikeout and popout on 13 pitches, and the AL had its 13th-straight All-Star Game win, the longest such streak in history. (It would also be the last win of the streak. The NL won in 2010 behind MVP Brian McCann.) It was Rivera's fourth All-Star Game save, the most in history, further cementing his place in Cooperstown.

And who knew that save would be only a minor moment in the magical 2009 season? A few months later, Rivera threw the last pitch of the whole season in game six of the World Series, giving the Yankees their 27th title. It was also Rivera's fifth, enough to fill a whole hand. The All-Star Game turned out to be a precursor to a very special October in the Bronx.