"When you look back, from where he started and the process of how Mariano Rivera -- not a scared kid, but a wide-eyed kid -- becomes arguably, then far and away, the greatest closer that ever lived, you can kind of see it now," said Wetteland, who was the Yankees' closer during the 1996 World Series, with Rivera setting him up.
"The thing that blows my mind is how the body holds up. We all take care of our bodies; energy in and energy out. We all tend to those things, but there are a special few that are blessed with the ability to keep going. That's something that's very special that I can't explain."
Rangers manager Ron Washington pointed to Rivera's ability to locate his cutter as the reason for the closer's success. While hitters may know the pitch is coming, Washington said Rivera has hardly hurt himself with a lack of command.
"He set a standard that I don't think anyone will ever [match]," Washington said. "He's automatic, and any other other adjective that you can find to describe him in a bright, bright, bright, bright light, that's what you do. Class act."