Former Yankee star, Mariano Rivera, was awarded the Comeback Player of the Year Award in 2013. This award is given to the player whose performance in the current year rivals their previous year. Rivera was coming off a 2012 season-ending ACL injury. It takes about nine months to recover from an ACL injury. Rivera was planning on retiring after the 2012 season, but decided on giving the league one more year. Mariano Rivera had a tremendous 2013 season, having 44 saves, an amazing accomplishment for a pitcher.
Mariano Rivera is a role model for many people across the world and is an icon to Yankees fans and baseball enthusiasts. Many people respect what Mariano Rivera has done. Aside from being a legendary baseball player, Mariano runs the Mariano Rivera Foundation, which helps underprivileged kids fulfill their dreams.
The Mariano Rivera Foundation was founded in 1998 by Mariano and his wife. Mariano faced the challenge of poverty when he was a kid. His family’s financial struggles inspired him to create a foundation for kids with similar problems. The Mariano Rivera Foundation is now helping two unprivileged communities in Panama. The foundation is also sponsoring two “computer houses” that teach kids how to use the new technology. In Latin American countries, one out of every 1,000 people own a computer. The computer houses provide children with the opportunity to learn about the new technology. The Mariano Rivera Foundation (in the future) will be making youth centers in impoverished communities and supplying basic equipment and essentials to children both local and abroad. Also, the foundation also provides financial assistance to unprivileged students.
Many people were disappointed when they heard Mariano Rivera was going to retire. For one of Mariano’s last games, the Yankees asked Metallica to play their song “Enter Sandman” to honor Rivera. “Mariano the Great” will never be forgotten in the minds of Yankee fans.