Mariano Rivera

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Mariano Rivera, author of "The Closer" and the best relief pitcher of all time, describes alternate career paths that he considered and the bond that exists between teammates. (6:01)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

MY GUEST TONIGHT PLAYED FOR THENEW YORK YANKEES FOR 19 SEASONS.

HE IS MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL'SALL-TIME SAVES AND E.R.A.

LEADER.

HIS NEW BOOK IS CALLED "THECLOSER." LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,

LET'S GO TO THE PEN, LET'S BRINGHIM OUT. PLEASE WELCOME TO THE

PROGRAM, MARIANO RIVERA, COMEHERE!

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]♪

SANDMAN.

THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME, YOUARE THE MICHAEL JORDAN, THE BABE

RUTH OF RELIEF PITCHING.

NO ONE COMES CLOSE TO YOU.

AND I'M SO MAD ABOUT IT.

[ LAUGHTER ]>> JON, I KNOW YOU ARE MAD

BUT --

>> Jon: IS THAT A YANKEE JERSEY?

>> YES, YEAH. YEAH, DEFINITELY.I MEAN, UH --

>> Jon: THANK YOU SO MUCHBECAUSE I WAS GOING TO CLEAN MY

CAR.

>> YOU CAN PUT IT ON TOP OF YOURBED.

[LAUGHTER]>> Jon: THIS IS LOVELY THANK

YOU SO MUCH.

THIS IS WONDERFUL.

>> JON, I FEEL BAD FOR YOU, MAN.

YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN?

>> Jon: I KNOW.

>> YOU HAVE BEEN SUFFERING ALLTHESE YEARS.

>>Jon: IT'S TERRIBLE.

TRYING TO HELP YOU OUT.

>> Jon: IT'S TERRIBLE.

DO YOU KNOW METS FANS?

DO YOU EVER MEETTHEM ON STREET? DO THEY --

>> I HAVE A FRIEND.

>> Jon: I'M SO SORRY.

>> I FEEL SORRY, TOO.

[ LAUGHTER ]I MEAN, I HAVE A FRIEND THAT

COMES TO MY HOUSE DRESSED --

>> Jon: -- METS GEAR.

>> METS EVERYTHING. I SAID HOWCOME YOU COME TO MY HOUSE LIKE

THAT? BUT, I LOVE HIMSO. LIKE I LOVE YOU.

>> Jon: THANK YOU SO MUCH.THAT'S VERY KIND.

WHEN YOU GO TO THE HALL OF FAME.

AND YOU ARE GOING TO GO INTO THEHALL OF FAME.

AND YOU MAY BE EVEN UNANIMOUSSELECTION INTO THE HALL OF FAME.

DO YOU THINK YOU'LL WEAR A METSCAP OR A YANKEES CAP?

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU'LL WEAR?IT'S A BIG DECISION FOR PLAYERS?

>> YEAH, I HAVE TOMAKE A DECISION FOR THAT.

>> Jon: DO YOU THINK YOU'LL --

>> I'LL HAVE TO THINK ABOUT IT.

>> Jon: OK, OK. I CAN TAKE THAT.TELL ME, I WANT TO SHOW

YOU SOMETHING BECAUSE YOU RARELYSEE STUFF LIKE

THIS -- CAN YOU GET INON THIS, CHUCK?

LOOK AT THIS GUY.

LOOK AT THIS.

[ LAUGHTER ]SO THIS KID, THIS YOUNG SKINNY

KID. THIS IS ON YOUR WEDDING.

THIS IS 1991. YOU WERE SINGLE ABALL, I THINK AT THE TIME.

>> YES, SINGLE A BALL. YES.

WHAT IS THAT KID THINKING? DOESTHAT KID HAVE ANY IDEA

THE JOURNEY IN FRONT OF HIM?

>> NO IDEA, JON. IMEAN, I CAME TO THIS COUNTRY TO

JUST MAKE THE BEST OUT OF IT.YOU KNOW, I MEAN,

MY FATHER SAID WELL, SO YOUGOING THERE.

DO YOUR BEST.

THAT'S WHAT I DID.

I WASN'T EXPECTING ANYTHING.

I WAS JUST TRYING TO PLAY THEGAME THAT I LOVE.

AND I ENDED UP HERE.

>> Jon: THIS IS -- I THINKTHIS IS WHY EVERYONE WHETHER

THEY ARE A FAN OF THE YANKEES ORNOT LOVES MARIANO RIVERA,

YOUR HUMILITY IN THEFACE OF THIS IS REMARKABLE.

IF I HAD ONE SAVE IN THE MAJORLEAGUES, I DON'T KNOW THAT I'D

EVER WEAR A SHIRT AGAIN. ITHINK --

>> REALLY?[LAUGHTER]

>> Jon: I DON'T THINK I WOULD.YOU EVEN SAID,

YOU THOUGHT YOU WOULD PLAYPRO BASEBALL FOR A LITTLE BIT

AND THEN BECOME A MECHANIC.

>> YES, YES.

>> IF I DIDN'T WORK, I SAY,WELL, I SAVE A LITTLE BIT OF

MONEY AND THEN OPEN A SHOP.

I WANT TO BE AUTO MECHANIC.

BUT THE LORD HAVE DIFFERENTTHINGS FOR ME.

>> Jon: WELL, YOU HAVE TIME NOWTO DO THE AUTO MECHANIC THING.

>> I'M THINKING ABOUT IT,THOUGH. I'M THINKING ABOUT IT.

SO, MAY BE A GOOD SHOW.

>> Jon: DO YOU STILL -- THEYANKEES DID HAVE A REMARKABLE

RUN. AND THEY ALWAYS TALK ABOUT

THE CORE FOUR, YOU KNOW--POSADA, JETER, RIVERA

AND SOME OTHER GUY.

>> ANDY.

>> Jon: OH, YEAH, PETTITTE.

SO, YOU HAD THOSE FOUR GUYS.

BUT, DURING THAT TIME THE METSWERE ALSO PLAYING.

[LAUGHTER]BUT THE IMPORTANT THING IS THIS:

WHAT IS THE BOND LIKE BETWEENTHE FOUR OF YOU?

AND IS IT SOMETHING YOU CANSPEAK OF? IS IT A

BROTHERLY RELATIONSHIP?WHAT IS IT LIKE?

>> IT'S A BROTHERLYRELATIONSHIP.

YOU SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN --CAN'T DESCRIBE.

YOU GROW UP THESE THREE GUYS ANDCOME UP TO THE BIG LEAGUES FOR

SO MANY YEARS AND SHARING GOODTIMES AND TOUGH TIMES.

YOU KNOW, BUT -- THE BEAUTYABOUT IT WAS THAT WE ALL HAVE

THE SAME KIND OF MENTALITY.

WE KNOW WHAT WE WANTED TO DO.

WE HAD TO GO AND BEAT THE METS.

[LAUGHTER]WE ALL HAD THAT IN MIND.

>> Jon: YOU DID HAVE TO GOBEAT THE METS.

AND WHAT DID YOU DO THE NEXTDAY?

BECAUSE THAT'S NOT GOING TO TAKETOO LONG MARIANO.

IS IT STILL FUN TO WATCH YOURPAL DEREK PLAY? YOU KNOW, IT'S

HIS LAST SEASON. YOU WENTTHROUGH SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

YOU BLEW OUT YOUR KNEE ANDTHEN YOU REHABBED IT TO COME

BACK FOR THAT FINAL YEAR.

YOU WON COMEBACK PLAYERYEAR. ANY ADVICE FOR DEREK AS HE

GOES THROUGH SORT OF THIS TOUROF MEMORIES?

>> NO ADVICE, JON.

MY WISH FOR DEREK IS THAT -- ANDI PRAY EVERY NIGHT FOR HIM TO

STAY HEALTHY SO HE CAN ENJOYHIS WHOLE YEAR.

>> Jon: NICE HEALTHY YEAR, RUNTHE WHOLE GAMUT.

>> THE WHOLE THING. AND ENJOYINGAND MAKE SURE THAT HE BE THERE

FOR HIS TIME. BECAUSEHE DESERVES IT.

>> Jon: YOU PRAY FOR THATEVERY NIGHT?

>> OH, YES.

>> Jon: YOU NEVER THROW INANYTHING FOR THE METS LIKE A

NICE CORNER OUTFIELDER?YOU HAVE A DIRECT LINE CLEARLY

UP TO GOD, YOU'RE PRAYINGTO HIM EVERY NIGHT.

>> WE'LL TRY, JON.

>> Jon: LET'S JUST LET DEREKJETER HAVE ANOTHER NICE YEAR,

WHY NOT?

THE BEST THERE EVER WAS.

THE CLOSER IT'S ON THEBOOKSHELVES NOW.

NEVER BE ANOTHER ONE LIKE HIM.

MARIANO RIVERA.

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