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Mariano Rivera’s 602nd Save

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.

For Baseball Lovers Who Also Love Books

So, if you love baseball and you are a bibliophile, this is must-have book for your home library.

Read Flip Flop Flyball, an infographic baseball adventure. You will learn many useful and not-so-useful things such how tall A-Rod’s annual salary in pennies will be, what Nolan Ryan has to do with Mariah Carey etc. Perhaps you may never have asked those questions, but with Craig Robinson’s Flip Flop Fly Ball, you will know all that you ever wanted to know about baseball and then some more.

According to Robinson, baseball is more than just sport. It was a slice of American history and had humongous amount of statistics which just begged to be organized. Robinson realized earlier on that understanding baseball to the extent that he wanted was just not possible by mere reading of baseball articles or just by watching the game. So he started a website that featured highly entertaining and informative infographics that became hugely popular among baseball lovers. It is out of Robinson’s website that the book took shape.

If you are interested in learning more about the history of the game, its rivalries, cities, ball parks, the absurdities and hilarious moments, this book may be just the right pick for you.

So how tall would A-Rod’s annual salary in pennies be?

Ans: 26,000 miles.

Top 10 Baseball Movie Quotes

Here are some evergreen baseball movie quotes:

 

“Ahh, Jesus, I like him very much, but He no help with curveball.” – Serrano. “Are you trying to say Jesus Christ can’t hit a curveball?”

Harris in Major League

 

“God, I just love baseball.”

Robert Redford in The Natural

 

“I still get such a bang out of it, playing ball. Same as I did when I first come up. You get out there and the stands are full and everybody is cheering. It is like everybody in the world come to see you. Inside that there is the players in there and there yakking it up and the pitcher throws and you’re looking for that pill and suddenly there is nothing else in the ballpark you and it and sometimes when you’re feeling right and there is a groove there and the bat just eases into it and meets that ball. When the bat meets that ball you can feel that ball just give and you know it is going to go a long way. Damn, if you don’t feel like you’re going to live forever.”

– John Cusack as Buck Weaver in Eight Men Out

 

“The one constant through all the years has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It’s been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt, and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game, is a part of our past. It reminds us of all that once was good, and what could be again.”

James Earl Jones in Field of Dreams

 

“Who the hell are you? I’m the player to be named later.”

Bull Durham

 

“Walt Whitman once said, “I see great things in baseball. It’s our game, the American game. It will repair our losses and be a blessing to us.” You could look it up.”

Annie Savoy in Bull Durham

 

“Baseball is great. It’s the only sport in the world that you can play while taking a nap.”

Ash Correll in The Forgotten

 

“Baseball should be the only thing on an eight year old boy’s mind.”

Joe O-Malley in Stolen Summer

 

“Remember, fans, Tuesday is Die Hard Night. Free admission for anyone who was actually alive the last time the Indians won the pennant.”

Harry Doyle in Major League

 

“I love baseball. You know, it doesn’t have to mean anything. It’s just very beautiful to watch.”

Leonard Zelig in Zelig

 

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