Thought this piece by former player and one time Spring Training invitee Doug Glanville was worth reading. Yet another testament to the genius that is Mo, and I’m not talking about the on-the-field stuff:
Off the field, you immediately noticed how the greatest closer of all-time was still humble, disarming any clubhouse tension, adding perspective to the most trying of times with a pat on the shoulder or a grin. I have been in locker rooms where the tension could be cut like a knife, and also in locker rooms so fulfilling that you couldn’t wait to be there. But never before had I experienced one that seemed to have a cloud of divine inspiration hovering over it. With his remarkable statistics, Rivera has been the personification of that cloud year in and year out. But he is also the big brother who makes sure that everyone gets to the family reunion or that you don’t forget to call your cousin Glenda on her 50th birthday. Everything he does feels as if it’s for some sort of greater good.
We will all miss the great Mariano Rivera when he’s done playing because of his excellence ON the field. But it’s his off-the-field presence that will be equally hard to replicate. Continue reading Must click link: Glanville on Mo