(hat tip to regular reader Michael Fierman to drawing my attention to this)
Inspired by Buster Olney‘s blog at ESPN.com, iYankees has a post worth seeing as well as discussing here. In it, Mariano Rivera has his own list of do’s and don’ts that one might want to consider to combat the ongoing battle with age–which only Mariano seems to be staving off.
Personally, I don’t subscribe to Mo’s #2, for I simply love good beer–although I will try to enjoy it with more moderation than I have my rather intemperate past. That doesn’t necessarily mean drinking a lot but, rather, drinking something good when doing so.
Also, while I already run a few days a week, stretching is a very good thing to do. My father frequently sends me stories on the other side of the stretching coin, advocating not stretching before running and using a brisk walk or light run in lieu of stretching. No way in my book. I stretch a few minutes a day before running, so Mariano is onto something here.
People really ought to try stretching–stretching well–a few minutes a day: touching one’s toes and holding them for 15 seconds, bending at the waist to touch toes, holding one’s legs behind the torso and stretching the legs and back, then turning the upper torso to each side. It will hurt, and it does me–and again, I run frequently. I don’t mean that as braggadocio, but rather to say that a good stretch should test one a bit.
I love fried foods, but eat them sparingly. I try to make time for others, but probably could do a better job of that. Then again, few actually seek me out for advice. I have my own ideas about higher powers, and respect those who differ, but I do pray to my own God in my own form. Just as importantly, I meditate daily. It’s a great and peaceful exercise–not unlike prayer.
This again confirms what I have said about Mariano, something that might sound trite but is unquestionably true: there is Mariano, and there is everyone else.
Via Mr. Olney:
Ol’ Satch’s Rules for Staying Young
Rivera liked the list, and when asked, the reliever — who has always been regimented in his preparation, from his early days as a professional — offered up his own. So here they are: Ol’ Mo’s Rules for Staying Young
He is the greatest reliever in baseball history, with the second-most saves in history, and there is some silver working its way into his hair. Ten years ago, he said, no young players really asked him any questions, but now, he said with a laugh, it’s like they gather in a circle around him like kids.