After a devastating knee injury last May, Mariano Rivera vowed to return for another season. He has followed through on the promise. In the final game of the season opening series against the Boston Red Sox, Mariano Rivera saved the Yankees first win of the year. It was his first save in what will be the final year of his career.
He entered to his iconic “Enter Sandman” intro, and allowed one run before retiring Jackie Bradley Jr. a rookie out of the University of South Carolina (Columbia Campus) to end the game.
For those who don’t know much about Rivera’s personal life, I highly recommend googling “Mariano Rivera Charity” or something of the kind. He is a devout Christian and plays the game in a way that glorifies Christ (hence no Valverde-like showboating). He believes God blessed him with a special talent and he in turn uses it to glorify him. He has also been involved with various other charities. for example, “the Mariano Rivera Foundation, which benefits underprivileged children in Panama and the United States through faith-based institutions, donates more than US $500,000 annually” (take note A-rod and Lamar) .He will be the last player to wear #42, and doesn’t take the honor lightly.
Mariano Rivera has long been the best closer in baseball. Hitters are not looking forward to facing him one last time, but fans aren’t ready to say goodbye.
Sure wish Mariano Rivera decided to retire TODAY instead of at the end of the season. Lol #respect
— Chris Johnson (@C_Johnson28) March 9, 2013
Ryan Kantor is an author at Reading Between the Seams. He is a life-long Yankees fan and a proud Clemson alumnus, residing in North Carolina, where he works in marketing research. For more stories like this, you can visit his personal blog at RyanKantor.com and follow him on Twitter at @Ryan_Kantor.
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