Two Animate “feelers” were inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame this past week, and one of them broke down in tears when he got the call.  Edgar Martinez (#1 FEAR) and Mariano Rivera (#10 BCAR) were those two men, and Mr. Martinez could be seen immediately shedding tears when he received the news.  Martinez is actually the first player who spent the majority of his career as a designated hitter to make the Hall of Fame. He hit .312 with 309 home runs in 18 seasons with Seattle.  While it was Edgar’s 10th time to be on the ballot, it was only Mariano’s first, and the decision was unanimous.  Rivera holds the record for most saves all-time and won five World Series championships during his career.

Do you remember what song was played every time Mariano Rivera walked to the mound as the New York Yankees closer?  It was Metallica’s 1990 hit “Enter Sandman”.  Yet, how many times has Mariano listened to their music?  Not once.  The famed pitcher made the revelation on the MLB network on Tuesday.  He went on to explain, “As a Christian…I don’t listen to that kind of music, I listen to Christian music, and therefore, I won’t be able to pick that kind of song.”  Still, the rock band sent Rivera a video congratulations message, to which Rivera replied, “That is amazing! It’s a blessing on top of blessings.  I have so much respect for those guys. I met them and they are great, great people.”

Mariano was later asked how he went from being raised in a small fishing village in Panama to the Baseball Hall of Fame.  “That’s easy to answer.  That’s the blessings of the Lord.  It came from the Lord. Nobody taught me that but Him.  It’s been tremendous since the first time that I used it. It’s been effective, so I thank God for that.”

It couldn’t have happened to a more likable, humble guy, and we can’t help but think of another lowly fellow from eons ago who also likely shared Rivera’s same #10 inborn design.  “Now the man Moses was very meek, more than all people who were on the face of the earth.”  Numbers 12:3

Congratulations, Edgar and Mariano!

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