Here we go: The Closer

May 6, 2014

I wonder if this is the kind of “news” that has any impact outside of New York (and now, perhaps, Seattle.)

Mariano's new autobiography, 'The Closer,' goes on sale Tuesday.In his new book, The Closer, future Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera has this to say about former teammate Robinson Cano:

There is no doubt that he is a Hall-of-Fame caliber (player). It’s just a question of whether he finds the drive you need to get there. I don’t think Robby burns to be the best… You don’t see that red-hot passion in him that you see in most elite players.

Needless to say, the local press is all over that stuff, seeking to create a controversy — because controversy sells books — where there might not be any. Rivera is expressing an opinion, which one is certainly entitled to do on a memoir. You (and Cano) might not like what he has to say…

Haven’t we seen this before? I just wrote about it in a recent post about Mookie Wilson’s new book, for which a publication focused on the author’s displeasure with the way he had been used by the Mets:

But you know how that is; the media extracts one section that may be totally unrepresentative of the rest of the work if it will get people to read the article. They did it in Joe Torre’s last book and Selena Roberts bio on Alex Rodriguez. But when it came down to it, as said, it was just a tiny piece of the whole puzzle.

Rivera was such a beloved member of the Yankees, I’m sorry to see any hint of controversy or bad feelings this might engender.

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