For the first time since 1947 Major League Baseball will be played in Panama, the country that gave us one of the game’s all-time greatest players. For Mariano Rivera, one of the elite pitchers in the game until his retirement at the end of last season, this is a dream come true and something even more special than all he accomplished in his baseball career, which is a lot.
Besides having spent his entire 19-year career with the New York Yankees and helping them earn five World Series rings; Rivera is the all-time saves leader with 652. It’s a record that is virtually untouchable and may last forever. Now, the 13-time All-Star is bringing his beloved Yankees to play in his home country of Panama. It’s a dream he’s had since 1998, just his second year as the Yankees closer. To unite his team and his country, Rivera told the New York Post Thursday morning is,
“…the icing on top of the cake, a cherry on top of the cake.”