"It's a number that I really don't think we'll see someone surpass in our lifetime," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "It's hard to fathom, but people came to the stadium today and got a treat."
Protecting the two-run lead, Rivera induced a Trevor Plouffe groundout, a Michael Cuddyer flyout and caught Chris Parmelee looking at a back-door cutter in the ninth to earn his 43rd save of the season. He surpassed Trevor Hoffman on the all-time list.
"It feels great. I wasn't expecting this but thank God it happened. Thank God it's over too," said Rivera. "I can't describe that feeling. It was priceless. I didn't think it could feel like that."