When former Yankees nearer Mariano Rivera visited a Washington Heights nursing home to unfold some vacation cheer this week, the residents threw him some curveballs.
We hear the ace, who retired in 2013, was initially going to shock residents contained in the Isabella Middle for Rehabilitation and Nursing Care, however stayed outdoors and visited by way of FaceTime, resulting from security precautions, together with Dr. Ramon Tallaj of SOMOS Group Care.
A supply informed us that when Rivera popped up onscreen, “One of many older gents mentioned in Spanish, ’Mariano? Mariano who?’”
When Rivera responded, “It’s Mariano Rivera from the Yankees!” the senior citizen informed him, “I don’t acknowledge you. You’re bald! What the hell occurred to you? Is that actually you?,” our supply reported. Being a very good sport, the reliever laughingly replied, “Sure, I needed to shave my head as a result of I’m going bald. That is the best way I put on my hair now.”
One other resident who additionally didn’t acknowledge the star at first, mentioned, “Wait a second, let me get my glasses!”
Rivera joked to his aged followers that he could should rejoin the Yankees to assist them out.
On a critical be aware, a supply mentioned, “It was an emotional second when Mariano and Dr. Tallaj waved to the frontline healthcare staff and residents who have been in entrance of their home windows. Over FaceTime, Mariano obtained emotional speaking about his grandparents — and the way essential of a task they performed in his household, and in life.”
Rivera additionally recorded a Fb video urging of us to offer to the Isabella Middle’s “Presents for Grandparents” want checklist on Amazon.