The Story of Mariano Rivera

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  • From Fisherman to Baseball Star
  • From Local to Major League
  • From Panama to New York
  • Show and Improve
  • Major League Debut
  • Relentless Spirit
  • What a Relief
  • An All-Star Is Born
  • Topping the Charts
  • Overcoming Injury
  • World Series Performance
  • Road to Retirement
  • 42 Is Put to Rest
  • Life After Baseball
  • Mariano Rivera, a Baseball Legend

From Panama to New York

Rivera, a natural born athlete, was not set on pursuing a career in baseball. In fact, he preferred soccer. But baseball was his way out of Panama. The Yankees offered Rivera a $3,000 signing bonus on Feb. 17, 1990. He had never left Panama and spoke no English.

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