Last night, the greatest closer in baseball history, stepped off the mound for the last time in Yankee Stadium to an ovation of cheers and tears. After nineteen years of dominating performance, Mariano Rivera will walk away from the game at the end of this season. Throughout this baseball season, we have seen Mr. Rivera honored in different stadiums across the country, receiving the love and respect of fellow players and fans. Mariano Rivera has earned this uncommon and universal respect not just from his physical play but by always conducting himself as a professional and by his constant pursuit of perfection as a player and a human being.
The great Vince Lombardi once famously said; “Gentlemen, we will chase perfection, and we will chase it relentlessly, knowing all the while we can never attain it. But along the way, we shall catch excellence.” Pursuing excellence in any field, day in and day out, is not easy and that is why when we see such individual dedication it is respected.
As patients, I think you all deserve to know that each day your health care professionals are trying to chase perfection, it may be an unattainable goal but it is a noble pursuit.
Thank you, Mariano Rivera, your inspiration will be missed.