COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – On the senene veranda of historic Otesaga Resort Hotel, Hall of Famer was Dennis Eckersley becoming an animated.
Eckersley helped to develop the individual's role more closely. He knew how difficult it was a job, especially in the job season, which is why he was so excited to discuss a prestigious place Mariano Rivera in the game.
“Listen, I can't put myself in the same category, I'm serious, I don't want to be Johnny Humble at all, this guy is in his own league, more than anyone, Eckersley told the Post on Saturday.
After Sunday, Rivera, the first choice for the Baseball Hall of Fame, will participate in the best club ever.
“I'm a rookie in this thing,” said Rivera, who saved 652 games for the Yankees.
For the other fasteners in the game, such as Eckersley, Goose Gossage and Trevor Hoffman (who were inducted last year), Rivera said: “They are ahead of me. I can't add to any of them, I'm just happy to be here. ''
Who chooses you unanimously?
“Although I was unanimous, yes, Rivera said. “I never thought I'd do any All-Star team. … I played to win a championship and that was my focus. The rest were only blessings from the Lord.
That is the essence of Rivera. He understands his place in the universe.
“Look at the numbers,” Eckersley said. “Outside the numbers, which are incredible, the postseason numbers are. That's sick. This is the biggest year I've ever had twice and the biggest year I've ever had in the ERA 0.70 postseason, the 141 innings.
42 postseason was saved. Rivera was not perfect in the job season, of course, but he was close – and he has the five rings to prove it.
“Eventually, Eckersley added,“ The Ice Man is for me. Because of the way he handled it. We have two different people. I like Aghh's that it's so cool, and I always like it and I think everyone is. Doing it in that environment, you must park in Yankee Stadium. He handled everything with a class. ''
The Yankee made sure they praised The Boss, George Steinbrenner.
“I know for sure,” said Rivera, “he would be proud. He says, ‘Kid, a great job. '' He always asked me Kid. ''
How much does Rivera need Steinbrenner to see in the Hall.
“Oh, God, Rivera said,“ if I had to give it all, I would do it.
Jackie Robinson is the only Famer Hall he loved to meet.
"Mr. Jackie was the man, but he has already passed, Rivera, No. 42 of the 42, said." As a minority, he gave everything he had to come and did it with the class. being a minority and spending her number, it's a special thing. ''
When someone was watching Robinson he couldn't handle the cutter Mo, Rivera said: “He'd be. I want to put it there for him. ''
Harold Baines, the late Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez, former Yankees colleague, Mike Mussina and Lee Smith are also entering the Hall, but this is Rivera's party.
This weekend, Copperstown is Milltown.
“Maybe I have a whole army around me to be walking around here, Rivera said with a smile.
As for how the game changed, Gossage noticed: “It took one patch to vote for unanimity. I'm just saying the game is different today, telling me that Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig and the right list of pitchers should not have got 100% of the vote. There are 100 guys if they had the ninth inning but they were biased. Mariano is not a knock. My God, Mariano achievements are amazing and I am so happy for him. ''
When things went wrong in the season, Rivera said: “This is part of the game. I realized that those moments are going to happen in the World Series, which happen in the plays, and it happened during the regular season. I realized all that, so I just had to forget it and move on. Good or bad you have to forget it. ''
Derek Jeter will be here on Sunday as well and in 2020. Rivera said he is hoping to welcome Jeter into the Hall.
As the game continues to evolve, Rivera, now the closest one, is the opening for Jeter.
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