Saturday, January 05, 2013

Mariano Rivera holds baseball clinic in Danbury at Frozen Ropes

1/5/13, "Yankees' closer Mariano Rivera holds baseball clinic in Danbury," News Times, Andre Khatchaturian

"A 12-year old boy intently listened to one of the greatest pitchers of all time, trying to pick his brain and learn how to pitch from one of his idols. As the kid fired a fastball right down the middle, the 5-time World Series champion smiled and exclaimed, "You want to take my job!"

There wasn't a single soul that didn't smile on Saturday morning at the Frozen Ropes Training Center in Danbury when New York Yankees' closer and legend Mariano Rivera made an appearance at a pitching clinic for children of all ages.

Rivera met each child individually, took a photograph with them, and even gave everyone a few tips on how to perfect their fastball. There was also a raffle and auction where autographed memorabilia such as jerseys, gloves, balls, and photos were given away or sold....

NOTES: Boston Red Sox pitching prospect Matt Barnes was also present helping with the clinic. The Bethel native from the University of Connecticut, was selected 19th overall by Rivera's biggest rival, the Boston Red Sox, in the 2011 MLB Amateur draft." images from News Times: Labels, Michael, Wells

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