Mariano Rivera is a first ballot Hall of Fame pitcher, and this is before he even retires!
So, reaching the milestone of 600 saves, Kimberley Jones, a great reporter, immediately steps up with a microphone, asking Mariano about his signature pitch (the “cutter”) and his dominance in baseball for more than a decade… Here’s 99% of the opening dialogue:
JONES: “MARIANO, HOW HAVE YOU AND THE CUTTER BEEN SO DOMINANT AND SO DURABLE ALL OF THESE YEARS?”
RIVERA: “WELL, FIRST OF ALL, I HAVE TO THANK GOD, AND MY WIFE AND MY KIDS… EVERYBODY IN MY FAMILY, MY TEAMMATES… THE CUTTER AS A PITCH… GOD GAVE IT TO ME… HE KNEW I NEEDED THIS ONE… FOR TO BE SUCCESSFUL FOR ALL OF THESE YEARS, I NEEDED THAT ONE, AND THANK GOD HE GAVE IT TO ME.”
JONES: “WHEN YOU DISCOVERED THE CUTTER BY ACCIDENT WAY BACK IN 1997, DID YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT YOU AND IT WOULD BECOME?”
RIVERA: “AGAIN, I DIDN’T DISCOVER IT. IT WAS GIVEN TO ME BY THE LORD…”
Sometimes, reporters have a definite idea regarding the way in which the world should be viewed. So, to fit that worldview, they report what they think you should see and hear.
And, if attempting a complete revision of a response is required? So be it.
Thank heaven for live video! And thank God for assertive athletes like Mariano Rivera!