Mariano Rivera’s rules for staying young
Here’s an interesting bit on Mariano Rivera via ESPN‘s Buster Olney:
More than a half-century ago, Satchel Paige offered his “Rules for Staying Young” in an article in Collier’s magazine. Mariano Rivera is 40 years old now, and as he heard those rules recited in the Yankees’ clubhouse Friday, he laughed at Paige’s unique list, and at Paige’s wit.
Ol’ Satch’s Rules for Staying Young
1. Avoid fried meats which angry up the blood.
2. If your stomach disputes you, lie down and pacify it with cool thoughts.
3. Keep the juices flowing by jangling around gently as you move.
4. Go very light on the vices, such as carrying on in society — the social ramble ain’t restful.
5. Avoid running at all times.
6. And don’t look back — something might be gaining on you.
Rivera liked the list, and when asked, the reliever — who has always been regimented in his preparation, from his early days as a professional — offered up his own.
So here they are:
Ol’ Mo’s Rules for Staying Young
1. You have to get your rest. You have to get your eight hours of sleep. (Rivera says he tries to make sure he is asleep within two hours after a game.)
2. No alcohol, or light alcohol at most. (Rivera said he used to drink just a little when he was younger but now doesn’t drink at all.)
3. Run all the time. (Editor’s note: Sorry, Satch, but Ol’ Mo disagrees with you here). Rivera does 10-12 sprints from line to line every day, along the outfield wall, and then shags fly balls aggressively before games. Power shagging. When Rivera was younger, some advance scouts who watched him run around center field during batting practice were convinced he was one of the best center fielders in the AL.
4. He avoids fried foods. “I know what Satch is saying there,” he said. “I just don’t feel good when I eat that stuff.”
5. Stretch every day.
6. Respect others the way you want to be respected, and respect the game. And if you do that, everything will pretty much take care of itself.
7. Make time for others (He loves it when young players come up and ask for advice …).
8. He tries to pray every day. “I have a connection with the Big Man,” said Rivera, and he wasn’t talking about George Steinbrenner. Rivera does his praying in the morning most of the time, but he finds he has that conversation throughout the day.
If these are the rules for staying young, I’m doomed. Rivera also told Olney that after he retires – the rules won’t work forever – he hopes to stick around and be part of the Yankees organization like Yogi Berra. “I totally believe in that,” he said. “It’s not fair that you would get all this, as I have, and you don’t give back. You have to give back.” Good stuff, Mo.
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