Mo the Mentor

March, 7, 2013
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JUPITER, Fla. -- There are countless rookies and veterans whom Mariano Rivera has mentored over the years. Ivan Nova is one of them -- and it all starts with respect from the first meeting.

“When I [saw] Mariano for the first time, he said, 'Hola,' to me,” Nova said. “I got kind of nervous. I remember when I got called up in Detroit [in 2010]. I remember the way he treated me like I was a veteran guy, too. That make[s] you feel really good.”

Nova struggled in 2012, and Rivera has acted like a leader this spring.

“One of things he told me was that whatever happened to me last year, we cannot let that happen again,” Nova said. “When a veteran like that talks to you that way, it helps you a lot. He is [at a] point in his career where he decides what he is going to do. I respect whatever decision he makes but it is good to have veteran guys like Mariano on the team. If he retires or not, I hope he has a good life.”

Nova, by the way, threw three innings of one-run ball on Thursday as he competes for the Yankees' fifth starting spot.
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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