Originally published by Wayne Coffey on www.nydailynews.com
The greatest relief pitcher in history could’ve been in Clearwater, Fla., on Thursday, wearing No. 42 and making millions of dollars and preparing for another season of exemplary closing.
But that is not where Mariano Rivera wanted to be.
This is where he wanted to be, on North Ave. in New Rochelle, weeping with gratitude at the wonders of the Lord, at the glory of the house of worship before him, making the ultimate save in a career that has been full of them.
The church is called Refugio de Esperanza (Refuge of Hope), and Mariano’s wife, Clara, is its pastor and it is so much more than a magnificent stone building church to Mariano Rivera; it is a calling he has devoted years of his life and millions of his dollars to.
“It wasn’t me. It was the Lord. I was just the vehicle,” Rivera said…