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Book Review – The Closer

June 10, 2014

I am reviewing The Closer: My Story[1] by the baseball great Mariano Rivera.

Rivera was the best closer in the history of Major League Baseball. He was clean in an era of dirty players. He was honest in an era of dishonesty. He was humble in an era of arrogance. He was loyal in an era of selfishness. He was faithful in an era of unfaithfulness. He was a New York Yankee.

In this book, Rivera chronicles his life story from his young years as a poor fisherman’s son in Panama through his retirement from the Yankees as the most storied closer in the history of the game. He shares his faith openly and faithfully – sharing victories and failures. He tells of his faithful marriage to the girl he met in grade school. For the sports fans Rivera tells of the best, and worst, of his games in succinct detail. He tells it so well you can almost smell the fresh mown grass.

This book is a page-turner. I read the first 140 pages in an afternoon and it took me two days to finish the book. It feels authentic. It feels real. By the time you finish you feel like you have had the opportunity to meet Mariano Rivera. You feel like you know him on a first name basis. This is a book for every baseball fans shelf.

[1] Mariano Rivera. The Closer: My Story. (New York, NY: Little Brown, 2014).


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  1. Kathy permalink

    I going to buy The Closer for my grandson Harrison. I loved the lighthouse song too, thanks. I love and miss you Glen…Kathy

    • Thank you so much for reading and replying to my blog! I loved reading “The Closer.” So much honesty in it. A great purchase for your grandson.

      We also miss and love you also! We must visit again soon.

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