Although he seems ageless, Mariano Rivera turned 40 years young today. Over those 40 years, the great Rivera has risen from a fishing village in Panama to take his rightful place as the greatest closer in baseball history.
Few people are truly blessed with the talent that Mo has and the personality and demeanor to use it the right way. He has parlayed that remarkable talent into an extraordinary baseball career. Mo has the second-most saves in the regular season (526) and has been named to the All-Star team 10 times. Most importantly, he's the the preeminent World Series pitcher, winning five titles with the Yanks as well as World Series and American League Most Valuable Player honors for his tremendous postseason performances. And Mo shows no sign of slowing down, pledging to pitch another five years after winning the World Series this year.
Happy Birthday, Mo! And a very Happy Birthday to my nephew Jonathan!
Thanks to Keith Allison via Wikipedia for the photo.