Posted May 6, 2014 by Luis Mercado in Sports

Former Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera Chooses Red Sox Player Over Robinson Cano In New Book

Former New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera had some tough words for his old friend and teammate Robinson Cano in his new book The Closer: My Story which was published today (May 6).

As one of the classiest players to ever play the game, he rarely spoke bad about anybody. That did not stop the honesty that came with speaking on one of the games best players.

Speaking about who he would take at second baseman, Cano picked his former foe Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia.

“There is no doubt that he is a Hall of Fame-caliber talent. It’s just a question of whether he finds the drive that you need to get there. I don’t think Robby burns to be the best. I think he’s content to enjoy the game and help his team and go home. You don’t see the red-hot passion in him that you see in most elite players.”

In a list that also included former teammate Chuck Knoblauch and Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar, he said great things about Pedroia.

“Nobody plays harder, gives more, wants to win more. He comes at you hard for 27 outs, every time. It’s a special thing to see, a little guy like that who is willing to do whatever it takes. If I have to win one game, I’d have a hard time taking anybody over Dustin Pedroia as my second baseman.”

The book was co-written with New York Daily News reporter Wayne Coffey.