Mariano Rivera Signing Outside LA Hotel (Videos)

Has there ever been a professional athlete more skilled at his or her specific specialty than that of New York Yankees icon Mariano Rivera? The undisputed greatest closer of all-time owns basically every single relief pitching accolade in history, most notably standing at the top of the mountain in both regular season and postseason saves. Remarkably, the 13-time All-Star has been on the mound for the final out of four Yankees World Series victories, while being the recipient of MVP honors in a World Series, ALCS and All-Star Game. Simply put, Rivera has set a virtually unbreakable standard for what it is to be a closer.

2013 marks the 19th and final season of the now 43-year-old legend's career. As part of his farewell tour across baseball, Rivera has conducted two very unique and highly admirable activities. In addition to spending ample time visiting with opposing team and stadium personnel (during final stops through cities), the five-time World Series champion has given fans (at both hotels and ballparks) extended autograph signing opportunities. Rivera and the Yankees brief two-game set at the Los Angeles Dodgers was certainly no different.   

Wednesday, per the above iFolloSports.com original video, Rivera is seen providing overjoyed fans with his signature, outside The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, New York's downtown LA lodging destination of choice. Fans can also view this additional iFolloSports.com original piece of Rivera autograph signing video, captured shortly after the conclusion of the above clip.

Like everything else in his professional life, the future Hall of Famer handled the exuberant crowd with both class and calmness. The man clearly possesses nerves of steel.

While many Yankee fans wish Rivera would return for at least one more season (43 saves and 1.64 ERA in 2013), with nearly $170 million of career income, the greatest of all-time will no doubt ride off into the sunset in prime position to apply his talents and discipline to his many other areas of interest, most notably that of charity, religion and the restaurant business. With this in mind, the last man ever to wear the number 42 may have a future, just as bright as his spectacular life in the game of baseball.

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