FOX has passed along a few deleted scenes from tomorrow’s documentary BEING: Mariano. Of course it’s all in an attempt to promote a television special, but it’s also pretty interesting stuff. And pretty entertaining. This one focuses on this year’s trip to San Diego, where Rivera was honored during a pregame ceremony with former Padres closer Trevor Hoffman.
It’s interesting to hear Rivera call Hoffman the “leader” of the closers, the first to reach 600 saves and set that bar. Rivera is obviously considered the greatest of all time, but it’s clear that he has significant respect for Hoffman (and that Hoffman has great respect for Rivera).
At the end of the video, the payoff is Robinson Cano’s evaluation of what gift Rivera should receive next. It never happened, but it would have been great.
As a reminder, the FOX documentary airs tomorrow at either 2:30 or 4:30 p.m. Check your local listings.