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A look at the Yankees’ key closer

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As leaders in most any line of work will tell you, becoming a leader is mainly about what’s in your head, not in your physical prowess or material advantages.

Mariano Rivera, plucked from his native Panama, five years later graduated from a farm team to pitch for the New York Yankees in 1995. The following year, Rivera helped his team win the World Series, the first of his five championships.

The implacable closer notes that he “can do one thing better than just about anybody else: Put the ball exactly where I want.”

However, he also understands that his head is more important than his arm.

“I am convinced that being fully committed to the moment,” he says, “without any worries about the past or projections into the future, is the best attribute a closer can have.”

— Adapted from The Closer: My Story, Mariano Rivera with Wayne Coffey, Little Brown.

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