Mariano Rivera Credits God with Success of Effective ‘Cutter’ Pitch

By Patrick Burke | April 26, 2012 | 5:36pm EDT

New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera. (AP photo)

(CNSNews.com) - New York Yankees closer and future Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera said God is the reason for the success of his famous ‘cutter’ pitch.

“No one [teach] me the cutter but God…It’s something that I can’t control, and that’s what I said—it was given to me from the Lord because no one [teach] me the cutter,” said Rivera during an interview with ESPN on Sunday.

“When God does something for you, it’s perfect. And that’s why I believe mine is different from the rest.”

He added whenever people ask him how he is able to throw the cutter in a way that’s so difficult for hitters, he responds that his ability comes, “from the grace of God.”

Rivera, who is rumored to retire after the 2012 season, discussed the success of his long career as a closing pitcher with the Yankees. Over the years, his wicked ‘cutter’ pitch has become infamous among opposing hitters.

When asked about his entrance song, “Enter Sandman,” by Metallica, Rivera responded that it doesn’t do much to pump him up for the game, and he prefers to listen to Christian music. The song is in his view wholly for the benefit of the fans.

Rivera has been the Yankees closer since 1997, and has been part of five World Series winning teams since 1996.  After he retires, Rivera said he ultimately wants to be remembered as someone who “did the right thing for others.”

“I want my legacy to be that I was a player that always worried about somebody else. That I made sure that I did the right thing for others. And when I do that, I’m OK.”

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