09/16/08 10:23 PM ET
Righetti part of saves leader tradition
Giants pitching coach congratulated Thigpen in 1990
By Chris Haft / MLB.com
"That was back when nobody talked to anybody on the other team, unless he was an ex-teammate, and even then you wouldn't let anybody see you do it," Righetti said.Righetti added that Quisenberry and Royals teammate Bud Black also telephoned him in Boston to offer congratulations.
"That was pretty cool," Righetti said.Asked how high he thought the saves mark could climb, Righetti said that Rodriguez's total was impressive enough.
"How can it go that high?" he said. "Just to get that many opportunities."
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.