Watch: The moment Mariano Rivera found out he was Hall of Fame boundJanuary 23, 2019
Yankees great Mariano Rivera became the first unanimous selection to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday, and it was a big moment for the all-time great reliever.
Surrounded by family, Rivera picked up a call from Jack O’Connell, secretary-treasurer of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America to hear the news, though there was little suspense.
“Remember five years ago that I told you I’d be making this phone call?” O’Connell asked, before sharing Rivera’s newfound Hall of Famer status.
The entire room erupted in cheers, but not for long.
“Amigo, I have one other piece of news,” O’Connell added. “You are the first person….”
If O’Connell was able to finish delivering his message — presumably Rivera’s unanimous election — it was hard to hear over the raucous cheering.
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