Isaiah 6:8

8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Monday, June 9, 2014

The Closer: My Story by Mariano Rivera

The Closer
About The Book:  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(s):  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 co-wrote R.A. Dickey's bestselling Wherever I Wind Up and is the author of New York Times bestseller The Boys of Winter, among other books.  He lives in the Hudson Valley with his wife and children.

My Thoughts On The Book:  I am not an avid baseball fan but thought this would be an interesting read.  I have heard of Mariano Rivera and knew he was quite a baseball player. After reading this book I have great respect for Mariano Rivera the man.  This is the kind of man kids should look up to.  He definitely defines the word "hero."  This man is a true representation of overcoming a hard beginning.  His story is one of  humility charm, and dedication. As a Christian and pastor I was very impressed with his strong religious beliefs and his ability to stay true to them.  I was captivated by his stories of his  career. I couldn't put his book down. I am thrilled that I was able to review this book.  If you are a baseball fan this book is a must read.  If you are not a baseball fan this book is one you will not want to pass up.

Disclaimer:  I received this book free from Little, Brown and Company and The Barnabas Agency in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”  Thanks guys for allowing me this opportunity

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