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Having been a Dodgers fan and therefore a Yankees hater for 60 seasons, I found Tom Verducci's article on Rivera quite disturbing. Even a grumpy old man like me has to like a player with Rivera's composure and very un-Yankee-like humility.
As a lifetime Yankees fan living in Portland, I would often take my family to Seattle when the Yanks were playing there. In 1999 we were fortunate to meet Rivera in a hotel lobby. He was kidding around with my young son, saying he didn't play baseball much but would autograph my son's ball anyway. I laughed, and I told Rivera it was a pleasure meeting the greatest closer of all time. He smiled and said, "I am just using the gift God gave me." Rivera, with his humility, is a true role model.
A Good Sign
This week's Sign of the Apocalypse: SPORTS ILLUSTRATED ran a four-page feature (The Cincinnati Shuffle, Oct. 5) on Bearcats football.