Panama’s New York Yankee, Mariano Rivera, announced that this will be his final season in major league baseball.
Rivera, 43, has helped the team win five World Series titles; however the latter stage of his career has been blighted by injures.
“It is not easy to make a decision like this,” he explained. “After this year I’ll be retired. Now you hear it from my own mouth. Now it’s official.”
When he was asked how he would like to finish his career, he responded, “I hope that my last game is pitching in the World Series. Winning the World Series is my goal.”
Mariano Rivera was born in Panama City, Panama. He grew up in the Panamanian fishing village of Puerto Caimito—a town he described as “poor.”
For his childhood baseball games, they used tree branches for bats and milk cartons for gloves. They also made balls by taping wads of shredded fishing nets and beat-up baseballs with electrical tape. Rivera used this makeshift equipment until his father bought him his first leather glove when he was 12 years old.