The Closer by Mariano Rivera is a "grand slam" memoir from the greatest relief pitcher of all time---ranked alongside Yankee legends Ruth, Mantle, Gehrig, and DiMaggio! Rivera shares the stories behind championship seasons, the bosses (including The Boss), rivalries, the struggles of being a Latino player in the United States, and the importance of his faith. 288 pages, softcover from Back Bay.
The bestselling memoir from the greatest relief pitcher of all time.
He is listed along with Ruth, Mantle, Gehrig, and DiMaggio as a top-five Yankee of all time. He is the man who has intimidated thousands of batters by merely opening a bullpen door. Rivera is also a man of God and family whose contributions to charity and community ensure a meaningful life long after his time as The Closer is over.
Now he tells his full story in this widely acclaimed instant bestseller: the championships, the bosses (including The Boss), the rivalries, the struggles of being a Latino baseball player in the United States, and of maintaining Christian values in professional athletics. He discusses his drive to win, the secrets behind his legendary composure, what it's like to run up to that mound with the game--or the season--squarely on his shoulders.
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.
Wayne Coffey is one of the country's most acclaimed sports journalists. A writer for the New York Daily News, he cowrote R. A. Dickey's bestselling Wherever I Wind Up and is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Boys of Winter.
"This man is greatness personified.... There has never been anyone like this. And it's likely there never will be." -- ESPN.com
"Mariano Rivera has become a kind of living god of baseball." -- New York Times
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