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By refusing to walk away, Mariano Rivera reveals his true character

Updated: May 18, 2012, 7:51 AM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN The Magazine

"GOD IS MY FATHER," Mariano Rivera told me last September. "He will tell me what to do. I don't do anything without him."

The Yankees reliever was talking about his baseball mortality, about how he is not, unlike so many of his peers, addicted to the game, incapable of letting go when the time comes. It was a mysterious thought by a mysterious man. History tells us that the game and time are the two opponents that rarely lose; decline and defeat are the natural ...

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