In the wee hours of Sunday morning, the nation's clocks -- save for those in Arizona, Hawaii and five overseas territories -- jumped forward an hour for daylight saving time. While most of us are just trying to figure out what happened to our night's sleep, it's important to remember that this is also a day of observance -- a celebration of baseball's own master of daylight saving, Mariano Rivera.
Befitting a man who seemingly rewrote the record book for closers, Mo has also recorded the most saves in day games in MLB history (see what we did there?). And, although the October heroics might have come under the lights, he's had a lot of memorable matinee moments as well -- including the save that made him baseball's all-time saves leader.
On Sept. 19, 2011, Rivera nailed down a 6-4 Yankees win over the Twins for his 602nd career save, moving him past Trevor Hoffman for sole possession of first place on the all-time list. It was vintage Sandman: three up, three down, the final out a wicked cutter that just nicked the outside corner. Even his fellow Core Four members were impressed:
After receiving a whole bunch of hugs, Rivera's teammates forced him back on to the mound to soak in a well-deserved standing ovation -- from the Yankee Stadium crowd and even the Twins dugout:
Mo's 400th and very first saves also came during day games. So, while you might be a little tired today, let baseball's best closer serve as a reminder: At least we're an hour closer to baseball season.