Mariano Rivera is one of the best pitchers in the history of baseball. In 2009, after the Yankees’ last championship in 2009, Rivera had insisted that he wants to play just five more seasons. He turns 42 this November and is signed for another season. Though Rivera makes pitching look like the easiest thing in the world, he says that it really is not and that every year it gets harder.
Rivera could be the one athlete who retires at the top of his game, and leaving behind a trail of great performances. Right from 1996, when he first started playing professional baseball as a reliever, Mariano Rivera has given baseball nothing short of one stellar performance after another.
Rivera is a pitcher who has everything in control and is peaceful on the diamond and off it. this is no mean feat especially when you consider how high-wire all Yankees performances are and that only a title qualifies as a success for the Yankees.
Rivera’s father spoke earlier this week about how proud he was of his son who overcame tough circumstances in life to become a successful ball player.
This Monday, Mariano Rivera humbly and gracefully acknowledged the crowd’s wild cheer after recording his 602nd save, as the Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins. Rivera was on the mound alone as the crowd cheered on.
He had pitched a perfect 9th inning and struck out Chris Parmelee on his signature cut fastball.
Rivera’s record may be broken sooner or later, but he is one of the best pitchers of all time and definitely one of the most loved in baseball.