What a journey for Mariano Rivera to the Baseball Hall of Fame. He was a fisherman at heart and soccer was his favorite sport growing up. He didn’t start pitching until he was 19. And today, he became the first player in Major League Baseball history to be elected to the Hall of Fame by unanimous vote. Incredible. . I’m elated for Mo, his lovely wife Clara, and their three kids. This is the ultimate closure for the career of the ultimate closer. He was simply the best at the position in the history of the game and perhaps the greatest athlete and could-have-been center fielder that I ever played with in my career. One of my greatest thrills was calling Mo a teammate, a friend and a brother, even though there were many days where he called me other things. 🤪🤪 I’ll never forget that at 40 years old, we had more than 70 players invited to spring training, and he had the highest vertical jump of anyone. . But Mo is much more than an amazing athlete. He is one of the best people and ambassadors for our great sport, and I am forever fortunate to have played alongside him. Plus, the fact that I didn’t have to face him in the ninth inning for most of my career was a huge bonus. 😀 . Mo, thank you for your friendship, your leadership, and your support. Congratulations on your well-deserved election into the Baseball Hall of Fame. There’s nothing cooler in sports than watching the gates of Yankee Stadium open and 60,000 fans going crazy as Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” blasted throughout the place. It was electric. Can’t wait to see you make that last trip in from the bullpen … this time to the podium in July. #legend #bestever #brother #friend
Some guys were just born to hit. Couple that with an incredible work ethic and desire to succeed, and what you end up with is… Edgar Martinez, the best DH of all time. . Congrats to Edgar, wife Holli and their three children of today’s election into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Through the early years of my career, I feel like I was one of Edgar’s kids. I remember walking into the Kingdome as a wide-eyed 17-year-old who couldn’t wait to meet the greatest right-handed hitter I had ever seen. . Edgar, I know I drove you crazy on flights and in the clubhouse in those days 🤪. I learned so much about hitting from you and that’s a debt I can never repay. You didn’t just have a doctorate in hitting. You had the equivalent of a PhD from Harvard. It’s fitting that the only guy on the planet who could consistently hit Mariano Rivera (10-for-16) is getting inducted with him on the same day. . It was such a treat to watch you daily in the batting cage, in the video room, and working on your vision exercises. That’s what made you so amazing. You had bad legs, poor eyesight and still hit .356. . You were an incredible influence on my career and this election was long overdue. I am beyond excited that you will be enshrined in July. #congrats #mentor #papi
Yes! So glad Mike Mussina made the cut for this year’s Baseball Hall of Fame class. My fingers were crossed for Moose because everything I had seen said the vote would be right on the bubble, but the baseball writers came to the right conclusion. . Moose is definitely worthy of a spot in Cooperstown. Facing him as an opponent while I was with Seattle and Texas, he was one of the most difficult at-bats for me every time. The combination of his five pitches – fastball, cutter, knuckle curve, slider and his signature 68 mph change-up – made him almost unhittable. . When I came to the Yankees in 2004 he was a terrific teammate. He was always supportive and I especially remember the times when I was struggling and he would wander over to third base to talk to me. Some of the best hitting advice I ever received came from a guy I couldn’t hit against. 🤣 He said: “Rod, short and sweet. All the extra movement is a waste of energy.” #truestory . He was as steady as they come. 270 wins over 18 seasons. He won 20 games once … at age 39. He retired at the end of the season. He was the first to do that since the great Sandy Koufax. Amazing. . Congratulations to Mike, his wife Jana, and their three children.
We pinky promise. 🤞🏽 . . . Join me and Jennifer for a 10-day challenge. No carbs, no sugar. Who’s in? 😰 . . . Challenge two of your friends below. 👇🏽 . . . Someone hide the cookie dough 🍪 #ignoremydancing
How would you caption this?! . #10yearchallenge
What an incredible two-week experience @stanfordgsb. I was fortunate to engage with an inspiring group of students and I can only hope I taught them a few things, because I know I certainly learned a lot. I am proud of their pivots and was humbled to be a part of their journeys. Thank you for the opportunity.
Training the body and then the mind. Back in San Jose for Week 2 of teaching at @stanford . Who got their workout in today?
Took my ring out of the vault for Sunday brunch today — Always brings back amazing memories. Double tap if you watched the @yankees take the 2009 World Series ⚾️