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ISBN13: 9780316400732
ISBN10: 0316400734
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The greatest relief pitcher of all time shares his extraordinary story of survival, love, and baseball.

Mariano Rivera, the man who intimidated thousands of batters merely by opening a bullpen door, began his incredible journey as the son of a poor Panamanian fisherman. When first scouted by the Yankees, he didn't even own his own glove. He thought he might make a good mechanic. When discovered, he had never flown in an airplane, had never heard of Babe Ruth, spoke no English, and couldn't imagine Tampa, the city where he was headed to begin a career that would become one of baseball's most iconic. What he did know: that he loved his family and his then girlfriend, Clara, that he could trust in the Lord to guide him, and that he could throw a baseball exactly where he wanted to, every time.

With astonishing candor, Rivera tells the story of the championships, the bosses (including The Boss), the rivalries, and the struggles of being a Latino baseball player in the United States and of maintaining Christian values in professional athletics. The thirteen-time All-Star discusses his drive to win; the secrets behind his legendary composure; the story of how he discovered his cut fastball; the untold, pitch-by-pitch account of the ninth inning of Game 7 in the 2001 World Series; and why the lowest moment of his career became one of his greatest blessings.

In The Closer, Rivera takes readers into the Yankee clubhouse, where his teammates are his brothers. But he also takes us on that jog from the bullpen to the mound, where the game — or the season — rests squarely on his shoulders. We come to understand the laserlike focus that is his hallmark, and how his faith and his family kept his feet firmly on the pitching rubber. Many of the tools he used so consistently and gracefully came from what was inside him for a very long time — his deep passion for life; his enduring commitment to Clara, whom he met in kindergarten; and his innate sense for getting out of a jam.

When Rivera retired, the whole world watched — and cheered. In The Closer, we come to an even greater appreciation of a legend built from the ground up.

About the Author

Mariano Rivera was a New York Yankee for nineteen seasons. He is Major League Baseball's all-time saves and ERA leader, a thirteen-time All-Star, and a five-time World Champion. He and his wife, Clara, have three sons and live in New York.

Wayne Coffey is one of the country's most acclaimed sports journalists. A writer for the New York Daily News, he cowrote R. A. Dickey's bestselling Wherever I Wind Up and is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Boys of Winter, among other books. He lives in the Hudson Valley with his wife and children.

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writermala, July 2, 2014 (view all comments by writermala)
This is a memoir of a baseball Pitcher - not any pitcher but the greatest relief pitcher of all time! I was a little apprehensive to start reading it because I thought it would be all about baseball and i wouldn't understand it.
However, "Mo's" story is a story for everyone. Starting with his life in a small fishing village in Panama where as a child he had a strict father who did not stop short of abusing him, Mo tells of his serendipitous draft by the New York Yankees and of his rise as a pitcher.
Mariano may rise to heights of fame that not many ballplayers reach but he stays grounded- "whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted," he keeps reminding himself.
Mo learns lessons quickly. When he had a brief period when he didn't excel he realized that,"one of the great ironies about sports is that trying too hard to succeed is about the surest way to bring on failure."
I know that I'm a better human being for reading this book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316400732
Author:
Mariano Rivera and Wayne Coffey
Publisher:
Little Brown and Company
Author:
Rivera, Mariano
Subject:
Biography-Sports
Publication Date:
20140531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English

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