Baseball legend 'Mo' Rivera recieves Medal of Freedom

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Published on September 16, 2019 - Duration: 01:37s

Baseball legend 'Mo' Rivera recieves Medal of Freedom

Panamanian-American and Yankees baseball legend Mariano Rivera received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, regarded as the highest civilian honor in the U.S., awarded by President Donald Trump on Monday at the White House.

Gavino Garay tells the story.


Baseball legend 'Mo' Rivera recieves Medal of Freedom

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "Mariano helped lead the Yankees to 5 World Series victories, was named the World Series MVP in 1999..." From his humble beginnings in Panama where he started playing baseball with a tree branch, to later become the first person to be unanimously the elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, Yankees legend Mariano Rivera was awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Donald Trump at the White House on Monday.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: "So just out of curiosity, Babe Ruth was not unanimously elected?

The Babe didn't make it?

What was his problem?

He did pretty good too... You mean 'the Babe' was not unanimous?" Rivera thanked his family and teammates for helping him achieve his latest milestone.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) BASEBALL LEGEND MARIANO RIVERA SAYING: "I was frustrated because I couldn't speak the language.

I couldn't speak English.

So therefore, I told those two teammates of mine, I said, 'I don't care how much you laugh, and I don't care how much you make fun of me, but please, I give you the permission to laugh and do that, but, teach me.

Teach me the right way.'

By my surprise they they never laughed at me and they teached me.

By the end of the year, I was able to communicate with my manager, with my teammates, and I was the happiest man in baseball." The Medal of Freedom is regarded as the highest U.S. civilian honor.

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