The Sandman has new kicks! Mariano Rivera, 19-season retired pitcher for the New York Yankees, thirteen time all-star and five time World Series champion has something new on his plate and it comes in the form of his shoes. Mariano Rivera has signed on with Skechers to become a spokesman for the brand. Mariano has certainly been active since his retirement in 2013, doing plenty of charitable work through his organization the Mariano Rivera Foundation, and through other outlets as well. Here is a quick five question interview with Mariano Rivera.
Q. You’ve had a very successful career in baseball. What advice would you give younger players who want to achieve their goals in this sport?
The best advice I can give younger players is be committed and do it with passion. If you don’t have passion, it’s going to be hard to accomplish your goals. Some of the best advice I received as a younger player is don’t try to fix something that is not broken. When I understood that I was like wow – we hear it so many times – but now I can apply this to my game and it was great.
Q. You’re very involved with philanthropic causes. What inspired you to create The Mariano Rivera Foundation?
What inspired me to create the Mariano Rivera Foundation is the ways that I have been blessed. I didn’t have much when I was growing up, so that encouraged me to help others in need and those less fortunate than I am. It has been wonderful and one of my biggest blessings.
Q. Looking back at the experiences from your charitable work, can you describe a moment that made a profound impact on your life?
Last year we went to Fresno, California to give music equipment to kids in need and that was amazing. Everything they had was so old, so when we showed up with this new equipment it was life-changing. These kids use music to help them physically, emotionally and spiritually – it was such a great event to experience.
Q. Why did SKECHERS appeal to you for this partnership?
SKECHERS appeals to me because they feel good and are so comfortable – they’re great shoes.
Q. SKECHERS Relaxed Fit is featured in this ad campaign – what are your favorite ways to relax?
My favorite way to relax is just being at home with my family. I didn’t have a lot of time to spend with them for many years, and now I do. I love to just catch a movie with my boys.