The Closer: My Story

The Closer: My Story

Wayne Coffey, Mariano Rivera


the best aid pitcher of all time stocks his striking tale of survival, love, and baseball.

Mariano Rivera, the fellow who intimidated hundreds of thousands of batters only via commencing a bullpen door, begun his excellent trip because the son of a terrible Panamanian fisherman. whilst first scouted by way of the Yankees, he didn't even personal his personal glove. He inspiration he may make a superb mechanic. while chanced on, he had by no means flown in an aircraft, had by no means heard of Babe Ruth, spoke no English, and couldn't think Tampa, town the place he was once headed to start a profession that may develop into considered one of baseball's such a lot iconic. What he did comprehend: that he enjoyed his relations and his then female friend, Clara, that he may well belief within the Lord to steer him, and that he may throw a baseball precisely the place he desired to, each time.

With stunning candor, Rivera tells the tale of the championships, the bosses (including The Boss), the rivalries, and the struggles of being a Latino baseball participant within the usa and of retaining Christian values in specialist athletics. The thirteen-time All-Star discusses his force to win; the secrets and techniques at the back of his mythical composure; the tale of the way he stumbled on his minimize fastball; the untold, pitch-by-pitch account of the 9th inning of video game 7 within the 2001 international sequence; and why the bottom second of his occupation turned one in all his maximum blessings.

In The nearer, Rivera takes readers into the yank clubhouse, the place his teammates are his brothers. yet he additionally takes us on that jog from the bullpen to the mound, the place the sport -- or the season -- rests squarely on his shoulders. We come to appreciate the laserlike concentration that's his hallmark, and the way his religion and his relations stored his ft firmly at the pitching rubber. some of the instruments he used so constantly and gracefully got here from what used to be within him for a long time -- his deep ardour for all times; his enduring dedication to Clara, whom he met in kindergarten; and his innate feel for buying out of a jam.

When Rivera retired, the total global watched -- and cheered. within the nearer, we come to a fair larger appreciation of a legend equipped from the floor up.

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