Re: Firemen vs. Closers
My feelings about closers/relief aces are the same as my feelings about kickers in the NFL. There's no statistical benchmark or milestone that you can use to compare players across different eras, but you know a Hall Of Famer when you see one.
Americans love a winner. Americans will not tolerate a loser....Americans play to win all of the time. I wouldn't give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed...the very idea of losing is hateful to an American.
Gen. George S. Patton, Jr.