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Growing up in East Los Angeles' gangland, cousins Miklo (Damian
Chapa), Paco (Benjamin Bratt) and Cruz (Jesse Borrego) become more
like brothers, forging a strong blood bond. When a simple twist of
fate sends their lives veering in separate directions - Paco into
the military, Miklo to San Quentin prison, and Cruz to a life of
drug addiction - the trio continue to keep touch as they strive to
achieve their goals.
The greatest relief pitcher of all time shares his extraordinary
story of survival, love, and baseball.
Mariano Rivera, the man who intimidated thousands of batters merely
by opening a bullpen door, began his incredible journey as the son
of a poor Panamanian fisherman. When first scouted by the Yankees,
he didn't even own his own glove. He thought he might make a good
mechanic. When discovered, he had never flown in an airplane, had
never heard of Babe Ruth, spoke no English, and couldn't imagine
Tampa, the city where he was headed to begin a career that would
become one of baseball's most iconic. What he did know: that he
loved his family and his then girlfriend, Clara, that he could
trust in the Lord to guide him, and that he could throw a baseball
exactly where he wanted to, every time.
With astonishing candor, Rivera tells the story of the
championships, the bosses (including The Boss), the rivalries, and
the struggles of being a Latino baseball player in the United
States and of maintaining Christian values in professional
athletics. The thirteen-time All-Star discusses his drive to win;
the secrets behind his legendary composure; the story of how he
discovered his cut fastball; the untold, pitch-by-pitch account of
the ninth inning of Game 7 in the 2001 World Series; and why the
lowest moment of his career became one of his greatest blessings.
In "The Closer, "Rivera takes readers into the Yankee clubhouse,
where his teammates are his brothers. But he also takes us on that
jog from the bullpen to the mound, where the game -- or the season
-- rests squarely on his shoulders. We come to understand the
laserlike focus that is his hallmark, and how his faith and his
family kept his feet firmly on the pitching rubber. Many of the
tools he used so consistently and gracefully came from what was
inside him for a very long time -- his deep passion for life; his
enduring commitment to Clara, whom he met in kindergarten; and his
innate sense for getting out of a jam.
When Rivera retired, the whole world watched -- and cheered. In
"The Closer, "we come to an even greater appreciation of a legend
built from the ground up.
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