Thursday, March 30, 2017


Mariano Rivera at White House meeting, will participate in Trump effort against opioid abuse-3/29/17


3/29/17, "Mariano Rivera introduces himself at WH opioid event and Trump quickly jumps in: "Oh they could use you now! I think you'd make $100M/yr now!"" Mar 29

Right to left, Trump, NJ Gov. Chris Christie, Trump son in law Jared Kushner, Rivera, and Fla. AG Pam Bondi (per her name card on the table): "President Trump has appointed Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi to a commission to help fight opioid abuse on a national level....In a statement, Florida’s Attorney General thanked the President as well as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie—who will chair the panel—for caring about what she calls “a deadly epidemic,” adding thousands of Americans die each year from drug overdoses." 

3/30/17, "Former Yankees closer Mariano Rivera joins Trump's opioid listening group," USA Today Sports

"Former Yankees great Mariano Rivera was summoned to the White House on Wednesday. (No word on whether “Enter Sandman” played when Rivera stepped into the West Wing.) Rivera, who retired after the 2013 season as baseball’s all-time saves leader (652),"...

[Ed. note: Rivera also had 42 post season "saves" over his 141 grueling post season innings for an actual "all time saves" total of 694. His 141 post season innings amount to an additional two years of relief work at 70 innings per year, sandwiched within the calendar years of his regular season stats but not mentioned in this article. It may be technically correct per MLB rules to continue to omit Rivera's post season work when reporting the "all time saves leader" stat, but why would you want to? Why would you want to cheat anyone out of a vast body of work? Why not at least change the name of the stat to something other than "all time" since "regular season only" isn't "all time?" Rivera pitched into November twice, 2001 and 2009. Shorter off seasons meant less time recovering while other relievers were sitting on the couch resting up to pad the next year's regular season stats.]
(continuing): "was in Washington D.C. for a listening session on Trump’s newly created opioid commission. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a devoted Mets fan, is leading the group, which was created to fight a growing opioid addiction problem in the U.S.

Rivera is a philanthropist these days and leads the Mariano Rivera Foundation, which supports community-based organizations. The group specifically focuses on education, health and social and economic development, according to its website, One of its biggest projects to date was renovating a church in New Rochelle, N.Y., in 2014.

Trump steered the conversation to baseball when introducing Rivera but offered no specifics on what role the closer might play on the committee.

“Oh, they could use you now,” Trump said of the Yankees. “You know, I think you’d make $100 million a year right now…I watched for many years, Mariano. I’d sit with George (Steinbrenner), and George always felt good when Mariano was throwing.”"  "The Associated Press contributed to this report."


Washington Post:

3/30/17, "Now THIS is the art of the deal: Trump sees Mariano Rivera making $100 million a year now," Washington Post, Cindy Boren

"Mariano Rivera, the New York Yankees’ all-time great closer, made a trip to the White House, where the thoughts of a president who happens to be a big league Yankees fan turned quickly to his other passion: deals. The number President Trump was thinking of? $100 million. Yowser.

That’s one way to break the ice. Rivera, who was representing his foundation at an opioid-awareness discussion that also featured Yankee fan/Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.), [NJ has many Yankee fans, but Gov. Christie is a Mets fan] had just introduced himself to the assembled group when Trump couldn’t resist.

“We could use you now,” Trump joked. “I think you’d make 100 million a year right now.”

That brought a smile to Rivera’s face and laughs around the table. Trump went on to reminisce about the times he spent with the team’s late owner, George Steinbrenner, and how Rivera always delivered.

“He threw the heaviest pitch,” Trump said. “You made the ball like it weighed 30 pounds.” But…back to that $100 million deal.

Trump was kidding, we think, but who wouldn’t want to hear “Enter Sandman” and see Rivera, who will turn (gulp) 48 in November, take those first steps, do a quick skip at the warning track and trot to the mound again? Never mind that Rivera, baseball’s all-time saves leader, pretty much left it all on the field when he walked away in 2013. We can dream.

“Now is the time,” Rivera said in the spring of 2013. “I have given everything, and the time is almost ending. The thing that I have, the little gas I have left is everything for this year. After that, I’ll empty everything. There’s nothing left. I did everything, and I’m proud of it. That’s why it’s time.”"

"Mo's final entrance at Yankee Stadium," Sept. 26, 2013

Trump with Steinbrenner in 1988, ap

3/26/1988, "New York Yankees manager Billy Martin, right, meets developer Donald Trump at Municipal Stadium in West Palm Beach Sat., March 26, 1988. Seated with Trump are his son Donald, 10, with a ball given him by Martin and George Steinbrenner during the game with the Montreal Expos.," AP, Drew. 7/4/13, "Born On The 4th Of July: 16 Photos Of George Steinbrenner," Huffington Post, Chris Greenberg


Sunday, October 16, 2016


Hartford Insurance visits Mariano Rivera's home village in Panama to shoot commercial


From You Tube page, 9/23/16: "Prepare with Mariano Rivera": "Mariano Rivera, legendary New York Yankees closer, tells us how his childhood in Puerto Caimito, Panama prepared him to become one of MLB's greatest players. Part 1 of a 3 part series for The Hartford. Production: Halski Studio"

Here is :30 Rivera "Steady" spot for Hartford:

Posted on You Tube Oct. 10, 2016 

10/15/16, "STL company puts Yankee legend back in MLB playoffs," St. Louis Post Dispatch, Joe Holleman

""The Sandman" is back in the MLB playoffs, and he now delivers his pitch with St. Louis style.
As implausible as it seems, New York Yankee legend Mariano Rivera's latest commercials for The Hartford Insurance Co. were produced and directed by St. Louisans. 

Meg Schicker-Halski, who directed the ads for Halski Studio in Ladue— three one-minute vignettes for online viewing and a 30-second television spot — said shooting took place in July.

Here is the 30-second TV spot already airing in the playoffs [not linked]; the longer pieces are available below:

"We shot the first week in Panama, in Puerto Caimito, which is the tiny fishing village where Mariano grew up," Schicker-Halski said.

"Mariano was a dream to work with, a class act and very confident and friendly," Schicker-Halski said, adding that Mark Halski, her husband and business partner, was the cinematographer and editor on the project. (She, Notre Dame High; he, McCluer North.)

Fellow McCluer North alum Tuan Lee produced the ads and STLer Tim Gebauer composed the score.

Schicker-Halski said several New York production companies also worked on the project. "And they were like, 'how'd you get this job? Why you shooting our guy?'"

Just so happens that local buzzmakers Rodgers Townsend is Hartford's advertising agency, and two of their people, Jake Edinger and Jon Hansen, hired the Halskis.

Schicker-Halski said she told Rivera she was a "die-hard Cardinals fan," and that he appreciated that fact.

"I think he realized we had our heart in project," she said, "that we had a passion for it.""


Thursday, September 29, 2016


Mariano had the single best pitch I've ever faced-David Ortiz, The Players' Tribune, 9/27/16

9/27/16, "Thanks for the Memories, New York," David Ortiz, The Players' Tribune

"But that’s why I’m gonna miss this rivalry so much. Because we were perfect opposites. Everything we had in Boston, New York had an answer for it. 

Manny was the best power hitter I’ve ever seen, but Mariano had the single best pitch I’ve ever faced. Trying to hit for power against Rivera’s cutter was impossible. He broke so many bats that Louisville Slugger should be paying for his pool. Against Mariano, all you were gonna get was a bloop. He was on another level."...


Sunday, August 14, 2016


Core Four at Yankee Stadium for Mariano Rivera Monument Park plaque presentation, Aug. 14, 2016


Aug. 14, 2016, Among those present at Yankee Stadium ceremony for presentation of Mariano Rivera's Monument Park plaque along with Mo were the rest of the Core Four, Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, and Andy Pettitte. Bernie Williams, below, was also present making it the Fab Five.

Aug. 14, 2016, Bernie, Posada, Andy, Jeter, and Mo, "Rivera monument unveiling," "The Yankees pay tribute to former pitcher Mariano Rivera by unveiling his plaque that will be placed in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium." YES Network. Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte, Bernie Williams

Aug. 14, 2016, "Former Yankee Mariano Rivera comes out to the mound to throw out the first pitch before the game at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016." "Credit: Joseoh D. Sullivan)" Newsday, "Yankees v Rays"


Friday, August 12, 2016


Mariano Rivera escorts Arod's daughters onto the field at Yankee Stadium, Aug. 12, 2016


Thursday, April 21, 2016


Former NYC Mayor Giuliani in endorsing Trump, says, 'Donald Trump is the Mariano Rivera cut fastball. You don't know where he's coming at you'

"Former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks...about his endorsement of Donald Trump and why he believes the New York billionaire is the best candidate to beat Hillary Clinton.

"There's a playbook to run against Cruz," Giuliani said. "Straight fastball over the middle of the plate, they've been hitting that one out of the park for years."

"Donald Trump is the Mariano Rivera cut fastball... There's no playbook to run against Donald Trump."
GIULIANI: Trump is viable almost anywhere. Trump is Hillary's worst nightmare.

She knows how to run against Sen. Cruz. Straight fastball over the middle of the plate, they've been hitting that one out of the park for years.

Donald Trump is the Mariano Rivera cut fastball. You don't know where he's coming at you. If I were her, honestly, I would want to run against Sen. Cruz than Donald. There's a playbook to run against Cruz. No playbook to run against Donald Trump.""
4/19/15, "Giuliani: #NeverTrump Crowd Needs To "Calm Down," Realize Trump Is Best To Beat Hillary," Real Clear Politics, Tim Hains



4/19/2016, "Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani Endorses Donald Trump," ABC News,

"Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is throwing his support behind GOP front-runner Donald Trump, saying he is the “best choice” and comparing him to retired Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera. Giuliani this morning endorsed Trump in an interview with CNN....

As for why Giuliani is supporting Trump over Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Giuliani used a baseball analogy.

“Cruz is a straight overhand fastball for Hillary Clinton. She’ll knock him out of the park,” Giuliani said of Cruz. Trump – she’ll have no idea what to do with. He is a Mariano Rivera,” Giuliani said, referring to the former Yankee relief pitcher.

Giuliani, who has said before he would vote for Trump, said he believes Trump is “clearly the best choice.”

He is the best choice for New York. He is the best choice for the country,” Giuliani said. “He is the one who can beat Hillary Clinton.

Giuliani was the Republican mayor of New York City from 1994 until 2001, notably during the 9/11 terror attack."


Friday, March 25, 2016


Mariano Rivera a guest instructor at Yankee Spring Training


Above, 3/24/16, "Mariano Rivera observes bullpen sessions," Brendan Kuty, Star Ledger

3/24/16, "Mo is here, btw"...Brendan Kuty, Srat Ledger, Tampa, Fla.

3/25/16, "A retired Mariano Rivera still likes shagging baseballs," CBS Sports, R.J. Anderson

"Mariano Rivera's career-long fondness for shagging balls during batting practice was no secret -- after all, that's how he tore his ACL in 2013. But Rivera didn't let the injury affect his routine back then, and even now-as a 46-year-old guest instructor two whole seasons into retirement-he can't help but to indulge himself by chasing after BP flyballs.

Here's the video evidence, courtesy of Brendan Kuty of the Star-Ledger:

Laugh at Rivera's inability to complete the transaction if you'd like, but keep in mind that he could still strike you out. Besides, it's nice knowing that love -- or at least the special kind of love an all-time great shares with batting practice baseballs -- is eternal.

He hasn't aged a day. (USATSI)"


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