Saturday, June 20, 2015


Mariano Rivera visits Israel-AP


Image caption: "Mariano Rivera smiles during a tour of the Tower of David in Jerusalem's Old City." Reuters

Image caption: "Former Yankees closer Mariano Rivera (c.) stands next to Israeli tourism minister Yariv Levin (5th l.)." Reuters

June 20, 2015, "Ex-Yank in Holy Land," AP, Jerusalem

"Mariano Rivera says the New York Yankees’ bullpen is getting by just fine without him. Still, the 45-year-old retired closer put in a prayer for his former teammates during a visit to Israel on Thursday. He says “they have a tremendous bullpen. They have a great team, period.

“Hopefully, they will continue doing the job that they have been doing for all this time,’’ he adds. “I hope and pray that they will continue.’’

Rivera spent the day touring the Tower of David, an ancient Citadel and other famous sites in the Old City.

He retired after the 2013 season with a record 652 saves plus 42 more in the postseason. His son, Mariano Rivera Jr., agreed to a $410,700 signing bonus with Washington after the Nationals selected him last week on the fourth round of baseball’s amateur draft." Images via NY Daily News, 6/18/15, "Yankees great Mariano Rivera prays for team during trip to Israel," AP


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