The strike that ended the game:
It hardly matters. For one thing, it was Mariano Rivera against Michael Morse. For another, even as a ball, it still would’ve been a full count. And there was nobody on base, and Kelly Shoppach was up next, and I’ll repeat that it was Mariano Rivera. The Mariners, almost certainly, weren’t going to rally in the top of the ninth. But that was the game’s final strike. The pitch was inside the right-handed batter’s box, very slightly. Add Jerry Layne to the list. Unless he was already on the list, which he probably was, because all the umpires are already on the list. I don’t remember what the list looks like because it’s gotten way too long.
Lots of hitters strike out against Mariano Rivera. I guess at least this way Morse gets to go to sleep knowing that Rivera didn’t beat him.