Mariano Rivera and Wayne Coffey’s The Closer, a Book Review

A fascinating book about a remarkable man and pitcher…

Pilgrim on a Long, Long Journey

I stopped being a Yankee fan as a teenager. I have been a vigorous fan of those who opposed those guys in pinstripes for years. As a medical examiner a sign for Babe Ruth’s birthplace, a museum in Baltimore, was just outside my office window. However, I never visited the museum.

Nonetheless I have always had enormous admiration for THE closer, Mariano Rivera. I was particularly impressed with his cut fastball that suddenly changed direction near the plate. Most batters knew it was coming but couldn’t do anything about it.

The story about the development of that pitch is fascinating and inspiring. That alone is worth the read. Likewise Mariano’s sudden increase in velocity from the high eighties to the mid- nineties is a story no baseball lover should be without. Finally how Mariano accidentally became a pitcher is a remarkable tale, particularly how that led to his Yankee career.

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Let’s Slow Down

“Happy the man, and happy he alone, He who can call today his own: He who, secure within, can say, Tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today.” John Dryden English Poet Laureate in the 16th Century

Lord knows many of us worry too much about tomorrow. To a 76 year old, usually, life is very precious. That’s me. But to some extent that’s you, whatever your age.

I hope you find time in your day to be at peace, to slow down the train, to step off the treadmill. God bless that effort. Life is such an enormous gift and we are gifts to each other.