Mariano Rivera has used his legendary cut fastball to break a lot of bats during his career, most of which are presumably discarded like other useless pieces of wood. The Minnesota Twins, however, decided to turn some of those broken bats into a gift for Rivera during this season's farewell tour, making him a rocking chair out of them. The "Chair Of Broken Dreams" is the number 31 moment of our countdown.
Mariano Rivera is one of the faces of New York sports, which makes it weird to think that he spent some time playing in the Albany area before getting his break in the Major Leagues. However, he did just that as a member of the Albany-Colonie Yankees in the number 32 moment of our countdown.
Mariano Rivera was in the middle of his first season as a full time closer in 1997 and he was doing well enough to warrant an appearance in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Cleveland. It was his first All-Star Game appearance, his first All-Star Game save, and it is the number 33 moment of our countdown.
Mariano Rivera is one of the faces of the New York Yankees, and has been since the 1990s. But that may have never been the case if he hadn't been undrafted in the 1992 Major League Baseball expansion draft, the number 34 moment of our countdown.
In addition to his excellence on the mound, Mariano Rivera is excellent in the realm of philanthropy, doing great things for people with the Mariano Rivera Foundation along with other charities. Just this week, Rivera visited Saratoga to raise money for Refuge of Hope, the number 35 moment in our 42 For 42 countdown.
The quarterback race between Geno Smith and Mark Sanchez continues to heat up for the New York Jets. The team has decided to start Smith for their third preseason game against the New York Giants this Saturday.
Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been indicted on a first degree murder charge for the murder of Hernandez' friend Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez' girlfriend.
There aren't many hitters that have come through Major League Baseball in Mariano Rivera's career that can be considered truly fearsome. Barry Bonds, however, was one of them. Despite his alleged dealings with performance enhancing drugs over the course of his career, Bonds was still one of the best hitters of all time, and the game's home run king. Whether you like him or not, his matchup with Mariano Rivera during a 2002 interleague game between the Yankees and San Francisco Giants was historic, and the number 36 moment of our countdown.
In life, whether you are the CEO of a big corporation, a famous actor, or a star athlete, you have to get your start somewhere. That is the focus of moment number 37 of our 42 For 42 countdown, when Mariano Rivera got his start in baseball by signing his first contract all the way back in 1990.
Boston Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster has been suspended five games for intentionally hitting Alex Rodriguez with a pitch in the second inning of Sunday's game between the Red Sox and Yankees. That's just over one game per pitch Dempster was allowed to throw at Rodriguez!
Mariano Rivera is arguably one of the greatest baseball players of all time. But with his career coming to an end soon, he's going to need to find ways to occupy his time when it's done. The Harlem Globetrotters extended an olive branch to Rivera, offering to help him fill the void on the basketball court by drafting him earlier this year in the number 38 moment of our countdown.
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