Harlem Globetrotters select Mariano Rivera in annual draft because why not?
Sweet Georgia Brown! According to a press release issued by the Harlem Globetrotters and published to the legendary basketball squad’s official site, the team has selected New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera in its seventh annual player draft.
While it would require too much (read: miminal) effort to perform the necessary research, a draft where only team makes picks isn’t really a draft so much as it is a clever way to generate some publicity. Also worth noting is that among the other players who may actually play with the Globetrotters someday, the team also drafted WNBA dunk-master Brittney Griner, so there’s that.
The press release makes the following illogical argument why the team selected the 43-year-old Rivera, who currently is on his farewell tour (spreading goodwill everywhere he goes) before he hands up his as he intends to retire from pro baseball at season’s end: “And in the fourth quarter, when the Globetrotters need to close out a game, who better than the best closer of all-time? Mariano Rivera has made a living by finishing off opponents. We always have a place on our roster for winning athletes with that kind of mindset. His charitable work through the Mariano Rivera Foundation also embodies the spirit of the Globetrotters giving back to the community.”
An additional write-up about the odd selection in a draft that isn’t really a draft but you know, stuff:
Mariano Rivera is a five-time World Series Champion and 12-time All-Star. Hailing from the same city as Globetrotters star Special K Daley – Panama City, Panama – the future Hall of Famer has the most saves in Major League Baseball history and is among the league leaders in saves again this season. Owner of a World Series MVP award and several postseason records – including lowest earned run average and most saves – Rivera also gives back through the Mariano Rivera Foundation, which donates over half a million dollars a year to charities in the U.S. and his native Panama.
Indeed. But still a curious choice. Why Rivera and not some other high-profile, recently or soon-to-be retired athlete? How about Rivera’s teammate, Alex Rodriguez, for instance? A career switch may be just what the doctor ordered for A-Rod. Unless the doctor was convinced by A-Rod to order PEDs, that is. Because that’s what he does. Allegedly.
But in the end, if the draft is a sham and more of a publicity stunt, why not go real big? How about drafting LeBron James or someone of that ilk? Do the rules for the made-up prohibit the Globetrotters from drafting a player from another pro league? Or did the Washington Generals obtain exclusive negotiating rights with King James? So many questions about something that really isn’t real.