I love Mariano Rivera for the same reasons everyone else does – he was the best closer of all time and he did it with tremendous class and humility.
He wasn’t perfect, obviously, and the 2001 World Series comes to mind, but what made that Series so special was the fact that the Diamondbacks beat the greatest closer of all time to win the World Series.
He set the bar extremely high and it’s hard to imagine anyone surpassing what he did.
Often, when you see Mariano off the field, he’s smiling. But this painting captures his intensity on the field, as he’s getting ready to fire another cutter and saw someone’s bat off.