Mariano Rivera carried Panama flag at 2009 World Baseball Classic in Puerto Rico-El Nuevo Dia
"While the (World Baseball) Classic will not play in the All-Star closer was excited to get yesterday's uniform Panama."
Mariano Rivera walked yesterday Ninth Panama in the inaugural events of World Baseball Classic prior to the challenge against the host, Puerto Rico, at Hiram Bithorn Stadium.
In his hands he held the flag of Panama.
"It feels good," said Yankees reliever New York, speaking experience wear on your chest called Panama.
"It is a privilege to be here and represent the country," the Panamanian in a press conference before the game.
Rivera did not play in the Classic for the second straight time. This time he did not because he recovers from minor surgery on his throwing shoulder.
"It was a decision of the Yankees or mine. Is that went operated right shoulder and can not throw. I would definitely like to pitch, "Rivera said of the questions.
Yesterday precisely stung vein Rivera to act in the first round of this competition. In the morning, as part of his rehabilitation, he threw in the bullpen in the Roberto Clemente Stadium in Carolina with his compatriots. It is the second time you launch after arthroscopy.
"I felt the desire to be with them and play," he confessed.
In the first edition, Panama also participated in the initial round, which took place in Bithorn. Rivera's play and was removed winless Panama.
Yesterday, first thing, Netherlands stunned the Dominican Republic, and Rivera also wanted in the second day another surprise produciera.
"Panama has a mix of veterans and young players. I know Puerto Rico has an excellent team, and we hope to do well, "the closer, who assist the trainer in the way pitchers pitchearle several of the Puerto Rican batters.
Rivera, 39, will go to his 15th season in the majors. And the Panamanian seized the opportunity to answer questions about the upcoming season."...image caption: ""Mariano Rivera, accompanied by the young Carmelo Melendez, yesterday was the champion of the inaugural events in Panama," El Nueva Dia, (google translation from Spanish)