Retired New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera says in his new book that he’d rather have the second baseman for the Boston Red Sox playing behind him than former teammate Robinson Cano.
“I don’t think Robby burns to be the best,” Cano writes in The Closer. “You don’t see that red-hot passion in him that you see in most elite players.” Cano recently returned to Yankee Stadium for the first time as a Seattle Mariner after signing a 10-year $240 million contract with the team in the offseason.
“Nobody plays harder, gives more, wants to win more,” Rivera says of Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia. “He comes at you hard for twenty-seven outs. It’s a special thing to see.” The future Hall of Famer confesses in his book that he’d have a difficult time taking any second baseman over Pedroia.
The all-time saves leader credits his wife and his Christian faith for reorienting him in life in the book, telling tales of nearly drowning at sea and evading a machete-wielding madman back in Panama. The Closer, quoted from at length in The New York Daily News, appears in bookstores today.