Many entertainers and athletes are liberals and some openly show disdain for America.
The Colin Kaepernicks of the world get headlines for trashing America and kneeling for the National Anthem as a way of protest.
That’s why it’s always refreshing to see an athlete speak about his love for the country.
That athlete was New York Yankee Mariano Rivera.
Rivera is the all-time leader in saves and won five World Series. He was known for throwing a wicked cut fastball that made many Major League hitters look like fools.
Earlier this week he received a great honor; he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Trump.
In a speech delivered to those gathered in the East Room of the White House, Trump spoke about Rivera’s incredible journey from living in poverty in Panama to becoming the all-time save leader in the history of Baseball.
Trump said, “his teammates contacted a scout and told him that he had a tryout in Panama City with the world’s most famous baseball dynasty: The New York Yankees.
With barely enough money for the bus ride home, Mariano set out on a journey that would define his life and inspire countless millions around the globe. At his first tryout, in worn-out shoes and a borrowed glove, Mariano threw nine fastballs. It was the only pitch he knew how to throw. After a few more tryouts, the Yankees offered him a contract to play for their farm team, the Gulf Coast Yankees.”
Rivera then had his chance to speak. Being the class act that he is, he spoke highly of America and how he was grateful to have become an American citizen.
He said, “And for that, being American, I’m so proud and honored that, coming from a small town — beautiful town, beautiful country called Panama — and live with my family here, and understand the language and everything that we go through, I’m proud to be an American. (Applause.) So for that, thank God.”
Rivera is also a huge supporter of President Trump. Fox News reported, “Mr. President Trump to me, he was a friend of mine before he became president,” Rivera said in an interview on Fox News in July. “So, because he’s president I will turn my back on him? No. I respect him. I respect what he does and I believe he’s doing the best for the United States of America.”
Rivera concluded his remarks by speaking of his struggle to learn English and how important it was for him to learn the language so he could communicate with his teammates.
He said, “My second year in baseball, I was in Greensboro, North Carolina, where most of the people didn’t speak any Spanish. Especially my teammates, they — even I was a little younger, so the guys that spoke Spanish on the team would hang out with the older guys, and I was left out.
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.”
It is nice to see a prominent athlete acknowledge America’s greatness.
All athletes should do the same.