Mariano Rivera made history on Tuesday when he became the first unanimous election into Baseball's Hall of Fame.
The historic news was surprising, but hardly a shock to any of those who have spent a significant time around the closer during his 19-year career with the Yankees.
Immediately following the news, Derek Jeter published a blog post on his website, The Players' Tribune, citing the only stat that he thought sums up Rivera's career.
"In human history, more people have walked on the moon than have scored an earned run off of Mariano Rivera in the postseason," Jeter wrote.
That would be NASA, 12, Rivera, 11, for those keeping track at home.
Jeter, who came up through the Yankees' farm system with Rivera and spent their entire careers together, had plenty more to add, though.
"The thing I respect most about Mo is that what you see is what you get," Jeter said. "A lot of people I've met over the years, they've asked me what Mariano Rivera is like off the field. And I'll tell you what I tell them - which is that he's pretty much the same person you watched for all those years on the mound.
"There's no 'persona' with Mariano. He's never had a character that he portrayed. He's always just calmly and coolly done his thing. He's quiet. Thoughtful. Intense. He's a man of faith."
Jeter continued: "I had the best seat in the house to watch the greatest closer of all time. Hall of Fame teammate. Hall of Fame person. And now, officially, a Hall of Fame player."
In addition to Jeter, several other former Yankees released statements about Rivera, per MLB Network's Mark Feinsand.
Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner: "Mariano was a fierce competitor and a humble champion, which has made him sucha beloved baseball legend. Success and stardom never changed Mariano, and his repect for the game, the Pinstripes and for his teammates and opponents alike makes this day such a celebration of his legacy. There will be many more great and talented relief pitchers, but there will never be another like him."
Yankees GM Brian Cashman: "It's humbling to think of the incredible journey that Mariano has had over the course of his life ... I speak for every Yankees fan when I sawy how fortunate we were to have had him on our side for so long. Clearly his World Series rings and longtime statistical dominance testify to his standing among the greats to ever play our sport. But no matter how big a star he became, he never failed to carry himself with unerring professionalism and class. Mo was always someone who I could point to and say, 'That's what a Yankee should be like.'"
Jorge Posada: "Mariano is a rare, once-in-a-lifetime pitcher, and the greatest closer to ever play the game of baseball. There was such a humility and grace to the way he did his job -- day after day and year after year. I'm so proud of everything he has accomplished, and I'm ecstatic that he and his family can celebrate this ultimate honor."
Andy Pettitte: "What an honor it was playing alongside of you for all those years. When I look back on my career, many of my best memories directly involve you. This is a pretty obvious statement, but I wouldn't want anyone else closing out a game that I started. I never took for granted what you provided for each and every starting pitcher in our rotation."
Bernie Williams: "When it comes to Mariano, I had the best seat in the house form center field watching him pitch. It was mindboggling to see him literally just mow down hitters. Mariano would casue more broken bats in one inning than most starters had in an entire game. If we had al ead in the ninth inning -- the game was over ... Everyone in the stadium knew he was going to thrwo that cutter -- and they still couldn't hit it."
David Cone, who attended Rivera's former pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre's funeral on Tuesday, shared a fun fact about the coach and what Rivera meant to him:
Just came from Mel Stottlemyre's funeral. His boat was named "Mo in the ninth". He was so proud of you Mariano. Congratulations and thanks for the rings!- David Cone (@dcone36) January 23, 2019
Tino Martinez: Mo was the only closer in baseball that jogged onto the field and everyone knew the game was over -- including the opponent. He was such a class act. He never showed up a batter after striking someone out or retiring the final batter of the game. It was such a joy being a teammate of his."
Paul O'Neill: "He is absolutely the best. I have said it many times -- we would never have had the run in the '90s without Mo! I don't know many people I respect more than Mariano, because of who he is and how he stayed who he was,e ven while being the best ever."
Fellow 2019 Hall of Fame inductee, Edgar Martinez: "Mo is one of the greatest pitchers of all time, and he is the greatest closer of all time. It was always a challenge to face him, but I enjoyed the competition, and I like to think he did, too. It is very special for me to be able to share this day and this honor with him. Especially since, not only was he a great pitcher, but he did terrific work in his communities."
Mariano Rivera had an impact on a countless number of people, but I was probably one of the most fortunate. I know I wouldn't be where I am today without sitting next to him for so many years. Thanks for everything Mo. No one deserves it more.- David Robertson (@DRob30) January 23, 2019