July 02, 2020
Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees was living it up recently when he went fishing. The great sportsman had a near record-breaking catch, much likes his baseball stats.
On Monday, baseball legend Mariano Rivera showcased a major catch he made while fishing on the ocean. The rare outside scene was a change of pace from his sports-focused Instagram feed.
"Had a great time fishing this weekend!" wrote the five-time world series champion. The post received over 30k likes from fans, many of whom shared their amazement in the comments.
RIVERA MAKES A BIG CATCH ON THE OCEAN
In the photo, Rivera stood on a white boat which appeared to be stagnant over the water. He wore a dark long-sleeve shirt and long pants. The shirt featured a lifeboat stamp on the chest area.
In front of him was a giant tuna fish. In the caption, Rivera revealed that the animal weighed about 150 pounds. The sportsman's open-mouthed grin reflected his excitement.
RIVERA INDUCTED INTO THE HALL OF FAME
The 50-year-old received the first unanimous vote for the Hall of Fame title at Cooperstown, adding to his accolades. Ahead of the ceremony, Rivera spoke to the media about the honor.
"I'm just happy and humbled that I'm one of the boys," he said. He admitted that he was unsure about how to react and what to expect. He saw the induction as a blessing but not a life-changing event.
GETTING HIS NAME OF AN AIRPLANE
Raised in Panama, Rivera's career took off in the mid-90s when he entered the big leagues. He noted that, even then, he could never have foreseen five World Series in his future.
Delta also paid tribute to the sportsman. They presented him with a plaque as well as a sticker on a Delta plane. "It's not every day that you have a gate dedicated to you. I'm humble and happy for that," he said.
RIVERA FACES ALLEGATIONS IN PANAMA
The leader in saves is not free from life's drama, though. In February 2019, he dismissed allegations that he didn't pay child support for two children in Panama after having extramarital affairs.
Rivera described the claims as "unfounded." However, the lawyer of the children's mother said Rivera was simply speaking out to preserve his media image.
HONORED AT THE WHITE HOUSE
In addition to becoming a Hall of Famer, Rivera was further honored by the President of the United States, Donald Trump, last September. His wife, Melania, attended the event looking stunning in a Dior pantsuit.
Rivera received the Medal of Freedom award in the East Wing of the White House. Melania later shared photos from the event which saw Rivera's family in attendance.