The World Series: Mariano Rivera/New York Yankees

In more than 50 times that year alone, Yankee pitcher Mariano Rivera had entered the ninth inning with a lead of three runs or less and shut down the opposition.

But in Game 7 against the Arizona Diamondbacks, things took an unexpected turn. Rivera’s decision to hurl his cutter against the Diamondback batter ended in officially blowing one of the biggest save opportunities of the game.

The Yankees lost 2 to 3! Rivera said only two things consoled him on that difficult trip home—his wife Clara and his Bible.

When Mariano Rivera goes on the field, written on his glove is Philippians 4:13—a reference to the New Testament passage: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Rivera went on to complete his career in 2013 as the all-time saves leader!

Share

More Book Minute Features

March 30, 2020

Nebuchadnezzar’s Inscription

The Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar is mentioned several times in the Bible including his dramatic story of repentance in the Book of Daniel, Chapter...
March 16, 2020

Miserere mei Deus - Psalm 51

Miserere mei Deus (“Have mercy on me, O God”) by Gregorio Allegri, using the words from Psalm 51, is one of the most beautiful compositions ever writt...
March 09, 2020

Walt Whitman and the Bible in Poetry

Walt Whitman is regarded as one of America’s most significant 19th-century poets. Whitman references the Bible in several of his works. Evident in an...