New York Yankees legend Mariano Rivera visited Bowling Green, Kentucky to stop by the Little League World Series on Tuesday, August 25th to throw a ceremonial pitch and meet with some of the young athletes. He gave a short talk and told the players about how when he was their age he actually hated to pitch., and that kids these days need to be mindful of their bodies so they don’t have to get sports related surgeries too young in life. Rivera was inducted into the Little League Hall of Fame that night and was sure to autograph all of the players’ batting helmets before he left.
The Panama City native was invited to a Yankees tryout camp following a scout watching him perform during a local amateur baseball team called Panama Oesta. He went on to become a part of the Yankees and played with them for 18 years, and create the current MLB record for saves. The 5-time World Series champion has three sons, and the oldest Mariano III currently plays for the Washington Capitals. He and his family currently live in Rye, New York and he is still involved with the baseball community.
Rivera made an appearance at this year’s Little League World Series in Kentucky at the end of August, and it was a great surprise for the young players as well as all of the fans.
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