YANKEES LEGEND: President Trump Honors Mariano Rivera Medal Of Freedom Ceremomy


MUCH EVERYBODY THE SANDMAN. MY WIFE ASKED ME WHY THE SANDMAN JUST TELL ME ARE FIRST LADY I SAID BECAUSE HE PUT THE BATTER TO SLEEP BRANCH THE SEINE RAN A LOT OF PEOPLE DON’T KNOW THAT BUT- THE YANKEE FANS KNOW THAT WE WATCH IT FOR A LONG TIME THANK YOU ALL FOR COMING. THE FIRST LADY AND I ARE DELIGHTED TO WELCOME YOU TO THE WHITE HOUSE TODAY WE PRESENT OUR NATION’S HIGHEST CIVILIAN HONOR. THE PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM. TWO AMERICAN BASEBALL LEGEND MAYBE THE GREATEST PITCHER OF ALL TIME IS A BIG ARGUMENT IS YOU THE GREATEST PICTURE THE GREATEST RELIEVER WELL THE RELIEVER WE WON A BUT THERE’S A REAL QUESTION HE MAY BE THE GREATEST PITCHER THE HISTORY OF BASEBALL MARIANO RIVERA WHEN YOU HEAR THE STATS YOU’LL UNDERSTAND EXACTLY WHAT I SAID THAT. MARIANA I WANT TO CONGRATULATE YOU ON THIS REALLY EXTRAORDINARY ACHIEVEMENT. THANK YOU THIS ON BEHALF OF THIS WHOLE COUNTRY THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE GREAT JOB. WE’RE DELIGHTED TO BE JOINED BY OUR VICE PRESIDENT. MIKE PENCE AND HIS WONDERFUL WIFE KAREN THANK YOU VERY MUCH CARE. ALONG WITH MANY OF THE MEMBERS OF OUR VERY DISTINGUISHED AND HARD WORKING AND VERY VERY SUCCESSFUL CABINET THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING HERE THANK YOU THANK YOU CABINET. WE’RE ALSO GRATEFUL TO BE JOINED BY MARIANAS WIFE CLARA. THANK YOU KLARA THANK YOU CLAIRE. HIS THREE SONS YEAH OFF IT YASIEL AND MARIANA’S DAUGHTER IN LAW ALYSSA THANK YOU VERY MUCH THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING HERE IT’S SO GREAT AND AS LONG TIME MANAGER ONE OF THE GREAT PLAYERS AND A GREAT GREAT MANAGER JOE TORREY WORDS GEL. A GREAT PLAYER TO. AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER OF THE NEW YORK YANKEES LAUNCH ROAST THANK YOU THANK YOU ON. GOOD LUCK. YOU’LL GET IT WE COULD USE HIM IN THE BULLPEN MAY BE AND THAT WOULD BE GOOD THAT WOULD GUARANTEE IT GOOD LUCK GREAT SEASON YOU’VE HAD TREMENDOUS SEASON. MARIANA WAS BORN THE SON OF A FISHING BOAT CAPTAIN ON THE COAST OF PANAMA. HE LEARNED TO PLAY BASEBALL ON THE- MUD FLATS OF THE PACIFIC WITH A CARDBOARD LOVE. A BAD FASHION FROM A TREE BRANCH AND THEY BALL MADE OUT OF ROCK. STRING AND TAPE THERE WAS A LOT OF MONEY FOR PLAYING BASEBALL. HE EXCELLED AT THE SPORT AT THE AGE OF EIGHTEEN HE STARTED PLAYING. IN THE COUNTRY’S TOP ADULT LEAGUE. IN A CRITICAL GAME WITH HIS TEAM LOSING BADLY THE COACH CALLED HIM OVER AND ASK MARIANA TO DO SOMETHING. THAT HE HAD NEVER REALLY DONE BEFORE. COULD YOU PITCH MARIANA. MO INSISTED THAT HE COULD NOT. BUT WHEN HE TOOK THE MOUND AN AMAZING THING HAPPENED. THE CROWD WITNESSED AN INCREDIBLE PERFORMANCE. IS OPPONENTS DID NOT GET A SINGLE RUN FOR THE REST OF THE GAME AND. ALLEGED WAS STARTING HIS TEAM WON AN EPIC COMEBACK VICTORY BIG DEAL AT THAT TIME. AND AFTER THAT IS TEAMMATES CONTACTED THE SCOUT. AND TOLD HIM THAT HE HAD A TRYOUT IN PANAMA CITY WITH THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS BASEBALL DYNASTY THE NEW YORK YANKEES. WITH BARELY ENOUGH MONEY FOR THE BUS RIDE HOME MARIANA SET OUT ON A JOURNEY. THAT WOULD DEFINE HIS LIFE AND INSPIRE COUNTLESS MILLIONS AROUND THE FLOW. AT HIS FIRST TRY OUT IN WORN OUT SHOES AND A BORROWED LOVE. MARIANA THROUGH NINE FAST BALLS. IT WAS THE ONLY PITCH HE KNEW HOW TO THROW. AFTER A FEW MORE TRY OUTS THE YANKEES OFFERED HIM A CONTRACT TO PLAY THEIR FARM TEAM THE GULF COAST YANKEES DO YOU REMEMBER THAT MARIA THE GULF BECAUSE WITH A GOOD TEAM. NOT BAD RIGHT. HE GOT AN AIRPLANE AND CAME BACK TO AMERICA FEW MONTHS LATER IN AUGUST NINETEEN NINETY MARIANA THROUGH HIS FIRST NO HITTER. THAT YEAR HE HAD AN AVERAGE ERA OF POINT TWO SEVENTEEN SO THAT DOESN’T MEAN. ONE THAT MEANS LIKE ONE SEVENTY OF ONE. THAT’S NOT A LOT DID DID YOU LOSE HOW DO YOU LOSE A GET WELL I GUESS YOU SCORE NO RUNS RIGHT. BOY OH BOY IN FIFTY TWO INNINGS HE HAD POINT SEVENTEEN. WHICH IS UNHEARD OF OVER TWENTY TWO GAMES SOON THEREAFTER MARIANA ALL MARRIED CLARA WHICH WAS AN EVEN MORE IMPORTANT THING FOR HIM TO DO. ADD TRULY AND HE SAID IT MANY TIMES YOU ARE THE LOVE OF HIS LIFE YOU KNOW THAT YOU FEEL THAT RIGHT I HOPE HE TELLS YOU THAT. THEY WILL SOON CELEBRATE THEIR TWENTY EIGHTH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR. AFTER FIVE YEARS PLAYING IN THE MINORS IN NINETEEN FIFTY FIVE MARIANA MADE IT TO THE BIG LEAGUES IN HIS SECOND SEASON WITH THE YANKEES MARIANA DELIVERED ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY STRIKEOUTS IN LESS THAN ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHT INNINGS WHILE FACING FOUR HUNDRED AND TWENTY FIVE BATTERS. HE ALLOWED ONLY ONE HOME RUN. WITH AN ERA OF TWO POINT OH NINE THE YANKEES MADE HIM A CLOSER FOR THE NINETEEN NINETY SEVEN SEASON THAT’S WHEN IT REALLY STARTED HAPPENING. THAT YEAR HE ACCIDENTALLY THROUGH A PAGE HE HAD NEVER THROWN BEFORE. THEN HE TRIED IT SEVERAL MORE TIMES AGAIN AND AGAIN KEPT WORKING. AND AT THE LAST SECOND HIS FASTBALL IT WAS REALLY AN INCREDIBLE THING BECAME THE CUTTER. HE HAD SUDDENLY DEVELOPED THAT THE LETHAL SPEECH. WHICH ARE PEOPLE THROWING THAT PITCH TODAY BECAUSE I’VE NEVER NOTICED THEY SEEM DATED THEY DON’T HAVE YOUR SUCCESS I CAN TELL YOU RIGHT. THERE ARE THEY MAY BE THROWN IT BUT IT DOESN’T WORK QUITE THE SAME WAY. AND BETTY PLAYERS WOULD COME TO CONSIDER IT THE GREATEST. WITCH VER IN BASEBALL IT WOULD BREAK MANY RECORDS AND MANY BATHS. IN A NINETEEN NINETY NINE GAME AGAINST THE ATLANTA BRAVES HIS CUTTER SNAPPED A BIG STRONG GUY RYAN PLUS GUY NOAM WELL AS A PLAYER. IS A BIG POWERFUL GUY. AND HE BROKE HIS BAT THREE TIMES IN ONE PLATE PPEARANCE THAT HAS TO BE LIKE A RECORD. IN TWO THOUSAND ONE MARIANAS HEAVY FEARSOME PAGE DESTROYED FORTY FOUR BATS IN LESS THAN EIGHTY ONE INNINGS. AND I USED TO SAY I TELL PEOPLE I’VE NEVER SEEN THE GUY BREAK SO MANY BATHS. IT’S CALLED A HEAVY HEAVY PAGE. AND ASK MARIANA WHY AND HE REALLY DIDN’T KNOW JUST WAS THE WAY IT WAS RIGHT JUST THE WAY IT HAPPENED. IT’S FROM GOD. FROM GOD. WHEN HE RETIRED THE MINNESOTA TWINS PRESENTED HIM WITH WHAT WOULD BECOME ONE OF THE MOST PRIZED POSSESSIONS A CHAIR MADE OUT OF THEIR SHATTERED BATHS. IN NINETEEN NINETY EIGHT NINETEEN NINETY NINE AND TWO THOUSAND WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONSHIPS MARIANA CLOSED OUT THREE CONSECUTIVE WORLD SERIES VICTORIES AND DELIVERED FOURTEEN STRIKEOUTS AND SEVEN SAVES. HE GAVE UP ONLY TWO RUNS TO FIFTY NINE BATTERS AND YOU GOT TO REMEMBER YOU’RE PLAYING AGAINST THE BEST TEAM. SO THIS ISN’T LIKE PAYING THE LOW LEVEL THIS IS THE BEST TEAM AND HE HAD A VERY UNUSUAL TRAIT HE DID BETTER AGAINST THE BEST TEAMS THAT HE DID INCREDIBLY IN THE PLAYOFFS. GAME AFTER GAME ONE IS ENTRANCE MUSIC ENTER SANDMAN FILL THE ARENA FANS ONE WHILE DOING THAT THE GAME WAS ALL BUT OVER. HIS DOMINANCE IN THE MOUNT MESMERIZED FANS TEAMMATES AND UNFORTUNATELY FOR THEM IT MESMERIZED THE COMPETITORS. IN GAME SEVEN OF THE TWO THOUSAND THREE AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP MARIANA ENTERED AT THE TOP OF THE NINTH WITH THE SCORE TIED FIVE TO FIVE. HE HELD OFF THE BOSTON RED SOX FOR THREE STRAIGHT INNINGS WITHOUT GIVING UP A SINGLE RUN HELPING SECURE THE SERIES WITH THE YANKEES. HE WAS NAMED THE SERIES MVP NOT SURPRISE. ONE OF THE MOST MEMORABLE MOMENTS OF MARIO AND HIS CAREER WAS THE FINAL GAME OF THE OLD YANKEE STADIUM THIS THE LAST GAME IN YANKEE STADIUM. WHEN HE TOOK HIS PLACE IN HISTORY AS THE FINAL MAN TO PITCH IN THAT SHRINE TO AMERICAN BASEBALL AND I SPENT MANY A DAY IN THAT STADIUM AND NIGHT. AND IT WAS SPECIAL WITH MY OWN AMOUNT FOR THE NINTH INNING. NOT A SINGLE HITTER FROM THE BALTIMORE ORIOLES MATED TO FIRST BASE. HE SECURED YET ONE MORE YANKEE VICTORY AND THAT DAY THE OLD STADIUM BECAME THE HOUSE THAT RUTH BUILT. AND THAT RIVERA CLOSED OUT. OVER THE COURSE OF NINETEEN SEASONS YOU HAVE TO HEAR THIS TO BELIEVE IT I DIDN’T EVEN KNOW WHAT I KNEW HE WAS THE BEST BUT THIS IS CRAZY. MARIANA BROKE THE MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL RECORD FOR THE MOST GAMES FINISHED AND SAVES MADE. HE HAS THE BEST ERA EARNED RUN AVERAGE IN THE PAST ONE HUNDRED YEARS. TWO POINT TWO ONE IN THE REGULAR SEASON AND- EVEN MORE ASTOUNDING POINT SEVENTY THAT’S LESS THAN ONE RUN. IN THE POST SEASON ONE AGAIN YOU PLAY THE BEST TEAMS USE OF THE HOT TEAMS THESE ARE THE TEAMS THAT ARE JUST. BEATING UP EVERYBODY AND YOU HAD LESS THAN ONE ONE POINT SEVEN IT’S AMAZING. HE MADE MORE THAN TWO TIMES AS MANY SAVES AS THE NEXT BEST PITCHER IN POLICIES. ADD A TRUE CLUTCH PITCHER HE WAS ALWAYS THE BEST AGAINST THE MOST TALENTED HITTERS AMAZINGLY. THE FIVE HUNDRED AND TWENTY SEVEN BATTERS SHE FACED IN POST SEASON GAMES. IT ONLY TWO HOME RUNS AND SCORED ONLY THIRTEEN RUNS AGAINST HIM. I THINK YOU GUYS ONE HAM QUICKLY WE HAVE TO GET HIM YEAH I’M IN UNIFORM YOU KNOW YOU’RE GETTING READY TO SIGN HIM UP LONG. MARIANA WHOLE HELPED LEAD THE YANKEES TO FIVE WORLD SERIES VICTORIES. WAS NAMED THE WORLD SERIES MVP IN NINETEEN NINETY NINE. AND THIS YEAR HE BECAME THE FIRST PERSON UNANIMOUSLY ELECTED. TO THE BASEBALL HALL OF FAME UNANIMOUS NO ONE. TO JUST GET A CURIOSITY BABE RUTH WAS NOT UNANIMOUSLY ELECTED BABE THE BABE DIDN’T MAKE IT. WHAT WAS HIS PROBLEM HE DID PRETTY GOOD TO. GIVE ME BABE WAS NOT UNANIMOUS WHILE HE HAD SOME OTHER DIFFICULTIES YEAH. THAT’S PRETTY GOOD MARIANA THAT’S I’VE HEARD FIRST UNANIMOUSLY THE BAY WE LOVE THE BABE. WHAT A SWING THE BABY HAD DIED OLD CORKSCREWS SWING RIGHT NOBODY COULD FIGURE HIM OUT EITHER. THROUGHOUT MARIANA IS INCREDIBLE CAREER HE REMAINED A HUMBLE MAN GUIDED BY A DEEP CHRISTIAN FAITH THAT INSPIRES EVERYONE AROUND HIM. AS HE SAYS HE HAS ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT THE LORD DOESN’T CARE ABOUT WELL FOR FAME OR THE NUMBER OF SAVES SOMEBODY ADS. WE ARE ALL CHILDREN OF GOD AND THE LORD CARES ABOUT THE GOODNESS AND LOVE IN OUR HEARTS THAT SOUL WELL WELL THAT IS DIFFERENT THAN THE BAY BY WOULD SAY. I DON’T KNOW IF THE BABY EVER SAID THAT THAT’S- PRETTY SURE HE DIDN’T. MAYBE IN HIS LAST YEAR HE SAID IF. NEARLY TWO DECADES AGO MARIANA FOUNDED THE MARIANA OF RIVERA FOUNDATION WHICH HAS PROVIDED HUNDREDS OF SCHOLARSHIPS FOR UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN ALONG WITH SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR COUNTLESS STUDENTS AND IS CURRENTLY BUILDING A LEARNING AND COMMUNITY CENTER. IN NEW ROCHELLE NEW YORK WHERE I CAN TELL YOU FROM BEING IN NEW YORK WHAT YOU’VE DONE IN NEW ROCHELLE IS BEEN INCREDIBLE INCREDIBLE. AFTER RETIRING FROM BASEBALL MARIANA AND HIS WIFE BUILT AN EVANGELICAL CHURCH HAD TODAY CLARA IS ITS PASTOR I’M GONNA HAVE TO COME LISTEN TO YOU SOMETIME I COULD USE IT. THAT’S GOOD. MARIANA WAS NATURALIZED AS A U. S. CITIZEN IN TWO THOUSAND FIFTEEN. AND OF COURSE SHE SERVES AS CO CHAIR OF THE PRESIDENT’S COUNCIL ON SPORTS FITNESS AND NUTRITION. MARIANA RIVERA HAS MADE EXTRAORDINARY CONTRIBUTIONS TO AMERICAN SPORTS CULTURE AND SOCIETY HE IS THE MOST DOMINANT RELIEF PITCHER IN THE HISTORY OF BASEBALL AND MORE THAN THAT HE IS LIVE THE AMERICAN DREAM AND SHINES AS AN EXAMPLE. OF AMERICAN GREAT AS FOR ALL TO SEE. AND I’D NOW LIKE TO ASK THE MILITARY AID TO COME FORWARD AND PRESENT MARIANA RIVERA WITH THE PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM AND BEFORE WE DO THE ACTUAL PRESENTATION. I’D LIKE TO HAVE MARIANA JUST SAY A FEW WORDS AND I KNOW MOST OF THOSE WORDS ARE GOING TO BE ADDRESSED TO HIS FAMILY BECAUSE I KNOW HE FEELS ABOUT HIS FAMILY. NOBODY LOVES THEIR FAMILY MORE THAN MARIANA PLEASE BRIAN. AMAZING THE PRESIDENT THANK YOU FOR SO I WOULD LIKE TO SET THING GOD FOR A. WONDERFUL DAY ANNA ALL THE BEER PRESSES IN A. MISTER PRESIDENT THANK YOU FOR ALL THOSE WORDS THING. REMARKS. THE FIRST LADY THANK YOU THE PENS CARE THANK YOU FOR BEING ALL OF YOU FOR BEING HERE PRESENTS BUT MY WIFE MY KIDS IN MY FAMILY IS RESIDENT FAMILY FRIENDS. WITHOUT YOU GUYS THE SUPPORT AND- THE BRAVEST WE GOT FROM NON MISTER. THIRTY MISTER JOE TORREY. BENEFIT FOR A LOT OF THOSE PRAYERS. AND FOR ME AS AN HONOR AND A PRIVILEGE TO RECEIVE THESE THE WORD IS MENTAL FREEDOM WHICH MIA. WELL I DEVIOUS TRIED TO BE THE BEST AND DO THE BEST FOR THEM FOR AMERICA YOU KNOW ONE THING THAT I HAVE TO REMARK IS ONE REMARK. WHEN I CAME HERE IN NINETEEN NINETY. I CAN TO TAMPA. THESE POOR KNOWING ENGLISH. A MAN SPOKE IS BIG NOW FORGET OF ALL NINETEEN NINETY. A ON. THE REASON WHEN I DO THAT BECAUSE I MEAN IN THE TEAM THERE WERE A LOT OF PLAYERS THIS BOOK SPANISH SO. I GOT A LITTLE COMFORTABLE AND THEN TRY A LITTLE BIT TO LEARN THE LANGUAGE. MY SECOND YEAR IN NOW. BASEBALL I WAS IN GREASE MORE NORTH CAROLINA. WHERE MOST OF THE PEOPLE DO SPEAK ANY SPANISH ESPECIALLY MY TEAM IS THE EVENING I WAS A LITTLE YOUNGER SOLD THE GUYS A SPOKESMAN IS IN THE TEAM WILL HANG OUT WITH THE OLDER GUYS AND I WAS LET I WILL. A I WAS HANGING OUT WITH THE GUYS. FROM THE MY TEAM COOPER. IN A ANOTHER WHY GUY BUT THE OTHER. THOSE TO LIGHT I ASKED. BECAUSE I WAS FRUSTRATED TIMES GONNA GO TO BED CRYING NO BECAUSE THE GAME BUT BECAUSE I WAS FRUSTRATED BECAUSE I COULDN’T SPEAK THE LANGUAGE. COULDN’T SPEAK ENGLISH SO THEREFORE I TOLL DOES TO TEAM IS THE MY- EYES I DON’T CARE HOW MUCH YOU LAUGH. THING I DON’T CARE HOW MOST YOU MAY FINALLY BUT PLEASE. I GIVE THE PERMISSION TO LAUGH AND DO THAT BUT- DISH WITH THE RIGHT WAY. BY MY SURPRISE THEY NEVER LOVE FOR ME. AND THEY TEACH ME BY THE END OF THE YEAR I WAS ABLE TO COMMUNICATE WITH MY MANAGER WITH MY TEAMMATES AND I WAS THE HAPPIEST MAN IN BASEBALL. FROM THE I WOULD SAY THAT MY CAREER TOOK OFF AND I WAS ABLE. TO REALIZE THAT. I CAN DO SOMETHING FOR OTHERS. BECAUSE I KNEW. THE LANGUAGE NOW I CAN RELATE WITH SOMEONE DATES GOING. THROUGH THE SAME PROCESS THAT I’VE BEEN BUT ISN’T THAT TEACH THEM THEY YES LEARNING ENGLISH IS THE FIRST THING THAT WE SHOULD DO AND I DID A FOR THAT. BEING A BEING AMERICAN. I’M SO PROUD IN HONOR THERE ARE COMING FROM A SMALL TOWN BEAUTIFUL TOWN BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY CALL PANAMA AND- LIVE WITH MY FAMILY HERE. HANG. UNDERSTAND THE LANGUAGE THING EVERYTHING THAT WE GO THROUGH I’M PROUD. TO BE AN AMERICAN SO FOR THAT . DURING HIS NINETEEN SEASONS IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL MARIANO RIVERA ESTABLISHED HIMSELF AS THE GREATEST RELIEF PITCHER OF ALL TIME. SIGN BY THE NEW YORK YANKEES IN NINETEEN NINETY MISTER RIVERA WENT ON TO BECOME A THIRTEEN TIME ALL STAR AND FIVE TIME WORLD SERIES CHAMPION. HE IS THE FIRST PLAYER IN THE HISTORY OF THE SPORT TO BE ELECTED UNANIMOUSLY INTO THE NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME. OFF THE FIELD THROUGH THE MARIANA RIVERA FOUNDATION. HE HAS HELPED PROVIDE CHILDREN IN NEED WITH AN EDUCATION EMPOWERING THEM TO ACHIEVE A BETTER FUTURE. THE UNITED STATES PROBABLY HONORS MARIANA RIVERA FOR BEING A LEGEND OF THE GAME OF BASEBALL. AND FOR HIS COMMITMENT TO STRENGTHENING AMERICA’S COMMUNITIES . THE REAL MARIANO RIVERA BEING HONORED AT THE WHITE HOUSE HERE WITH THE MEDAL OF FREEDOM. WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK MORE NEWS NOW UP NEXT

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