Posted on April 23rd, by HeatherZeller in BLOG.


New York Yankees closer, Mariano Rivera, suited up for the cover of Gotham magazine’s April/May 2012 issue. Rivera has yet to reveal whether or not this season will be his last and though he’s keeping quiet on the retirement rumors, he opened up on a wide range of topics inside the publication.

Actor and longtime Yankee fan, Richard Gere, interviewed Mariano. The two spoke about the early stages of his career, his charity efforts in New York and in Panama, the loss of George Steinbrenner and facing his hardest hitter, Edgar Martinez, among other items. Below are a few excerpts from the article titled “Here’s The Pitch…” For the full interview, read on here.

On his mindset on the mound:

“I don’t feel that Mariano has gone, I feel like it’s just me and the catcher—I don’t even see the hitter. I feel like everything is gone—the noise, the fans. I’m in kind of like a tube, and it’s the catcher and me. There’s nothing that can take me away from that peace. I told the guys, and they said, “You don’t hear anything?” I said, no, I don’t hear, I don’t see. I have friends that have told me they were right there, above our dugout. They are sad because I ignore them. I say, no, it’s not that I ignore you. I’m so locked in that I don’t see you, and that will happen again, so don’t get mad at me.”

On how he got into baseball:

“First of all, I wasn’t even looking for baseball. My main game was soccer; my second game was baseball. All of a sudden when I was 17, 18, soccer started going down, and baseball started gaining priorities because I was getting hit a lot on my knees and ankles. I didn’t want to get to the point that I couldn’t play baseball too, so I let soccer go a little bit and started playing more baseball, but I played for fun. I was really naïve when it came to professional baseball.”

On his first professional contact:

“I was playing the outfield in Panama, and our best pitcher was getting killed. We had no more pitchers, so I ended up pitching, and we won the game. Two weeks after, I was coming from the beach with my parents and my wife—back then my girlfriend—and I see my two teammates, my catcher, Claudino Hernandez, and the centerfielder, Emilio Gaez, who told me, “We found you a tryout with the Yankees as a pitcher.”

For the accompanying photo shoot, Mariano ditched his famous pinstripes in favor of designer duds in the team’s blue and white hues. Shot by photographer Peter Yang, the spread fuses style and sports. Rivera wore high-end fashions from Joseph Abboud, Bruno Cucinelli and Ermenegildo Zegna, as he posed on the mound and in the stands at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. The Bronx Bomber already has some fashion experience under his belt, having served as the face of Italian menswear brand, Canali. The brand had characterized Rivera as a model “elegance and excellence” and those qualities are reflected once again in the Gotham shoot. Check it out:

Dress shirt, Joseph Abboud: $128. Wool pants, Ermenegildo Zegna (part of suit, $3,045). Oyster Perpetual Datejust II, Rolex $8,600.

Cashmere cardigan, Brunello Cucinelli: $635. Dress shirt: $365, and wool pants (part of suit, $3,045), Ermenegildo Zegna. Chambray tie: $140, Alexander Olch. Oyster Perpetual Datejust II, Rolex: $8,600.

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