Not many athletes are deserving of a documentary focusing on the final season of a Hall of Fame career. And not many athletes would probably tolerate having cameras following their every move.
But New York Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera is one of those rare athletes who is humble and didn’t mind the obtrusiveness of cameras following him during his final season in Major League Baseball.
There is a sense of celebration and enjoyment, and that comes across in the 90-minute FOX Sports documentary “BEING: Mariano Rivera.” It will be seen at 4:30 p.m. on FOX23 (WXXA). FOX Sports 1 will re-air it at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.
I had to chance to watch the documentary this week, and I was thoroughly impressed. Rivera is a genuine, honest individual, and that certainly comes through in the documentary. How many athletes would be willing to meet fans of opposing teams on every road trip? I can’t think of many, but Rivera did.
“That’s who he is,” Michael Bloom, FOX Sports’ senior vice president, original programming, said in a telephone interview Wednesday. “He is one of the most gracious, and diplomatic and sweet athletes I’ve ever dealt with in this business. He and his wife were personally involved from Day 1 through right now. His heart is tremendous. I think it comes through in the film.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for all of us. It’s a sad day for baseball, but a very happy day for Mariano and his family.”
Rivera, who returned this season after undergoing major knee surgery that ended his 2012 campaign, did let his guard down late in the year. Every team the Yankees visited, Rivera was honored. That started to wear him down.
“I’m not a robot,” he said.
“What makes this film so special is the honesty that he showed, from the devastating injury to saying, ‘I’m not going out like that on a cart,’ to pushing himself, still at the top of his game, through this final season,” Bloom said. “So the story could end on his terms and the right way. He was on a mission, and you know what was powering him — family, and faith and his love of baseball and the Yankees and the Yankees fans.”
Football TV schedule
Here are the NFL and college games that will be on TV over the next week. Announcers, in order of play-by-play, analyst and sideline reporter, are in parentheses.
CBS6 (WRGB) — New England at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m. (Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf); Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 4:25 p.m. (Ian Eagle/Dan Fouts).
FOX23 (WXXA) — Dallas at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. (Thom Brennaman/Troy Aikman/Pam Oliver).
NBC13 (WNYT) — Denver at Indianapolis, 8:30 p.m. (Al Michaels/Cris Collinsworth/Michele Tafoya).
DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket — Cincinnati at Detorit, 1 p.m. (Marv Albert/Rich Gannon); Buffalo at Miami, 1 p.m. (Bill Macatee/Steve Tasker); San Diego at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. (Spero Dedes/Steve Beuerlein); Chicago atWashington, 1 p.m. (Kenny Albert/Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa); St. Louis at Carolina, 1 p.m. (Dick Stockton/Brian Billick/Laura Okmin); Tampa Bay at Atlanta, 1 p.m. (Kevin Burkhardt/John Lynch); San Francisco at Tennessee, 4:05 p.m. (Chris Myers/Tim Ryan/Jennifer Hale); Houston at Kansas City, 4:25 p.m. (Jim Nantz/Phil Simms); Cleveland at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m. (Kevin Harlan/Solomon Wilcots).
ESPN — Minnesota at N.Y. Giants, 8:25 p.m. (Mike Tirico/Jon Gruden/Lisa Salters).
NFL Network — Carolina at Tampa Bay, 8:25 p.m. (Brad Nessler/Mike Mayock/Alex Flanagan).
CBS6 (WRGB) — Georgia at Vanderbilt, noon (Tim Brando/Aaron Taylor/Allie LaForce); Auburn at Texas A&M, 3:30 p.m. (Verne Lundquist/Gary Danielson/Tracy Wolfson).
FOX23 (WXXA) — Texas Christian at Oklahoma State, noon (Gus Johnson/Charles Davis/Kristina Pink).
ESPN — South Carolina at Tennessee, noon (Dave Pasch/Brian Griese/Tom Luginbill); Oklahoma at Kansas, 3:30 p.m. (Mark Jones/Brock Huard/Kaylee Hartung);
Arkansas at Alabama, 7 p.m. (Brad Nessler/Todd Blackledge/Holly Rowe).
ESPN2 — Minnesota at Northwestern, noon (Beth Mowins/Joey Galloway/Paul Carcaterra); UCLA at Stanford, 3:30 p.m. (Sean McDonough/Chris Spielman/Shannon Spake); LSU at Mississippi, 7 p.m. (Joe Tessitore/Matt Millen/Maria Taylor); Oregon State at California, 10:30 p.m. (Mike Patrick/Ed Cunningham/Jeannine Edwards).
ESPNEWS — Navy at Toledo, noon (Ryan Ruocco/Pete Najarian); BYU at Houston, 3:30 p.m. (Joe Davis/David Diaz-Infante).
MSG — Florida at Missouri, noon (Dave Neal/Andre Ware/Cara Capuano).
MSG Plus — Southern Mississippi at East Carolia, noon; (Mark Followill/Brian Baldinger/J.C. Pearson).
SNY — SMU at Memphis, noon (Eamon McAnaney/Anthony Becht/Brooke Weisbrod); Villanova at New Hampshire, 3:30 p.m. (Scott Graham/Andy Gresh).
FS1 — Texas Tech at West Virginia, noon (Justin Kutcher/James Bates/Brady Poppinga); Washington State at Oregon, 10 p.m. (Craig Bolerjack/Joey Harrington/Ryan Nece).
ESPNU — Connecticut at Cincinnati, noon (Tom Hart/John Congemi); Maryland at Wake Forest, 3:30 p.m. (Anish Shroff/Kelly Stouffer); Iowa State at Baylor, 7 p.m. (Clay Matvick/Matt Stinchcomb/Dawn Davenport).
CBSSN — Colgate at Holy Cross, noon (Andrew Catalon/Tom Bradley/Lauren Gardner); North Texas at Louisiana Tech, 3:30 p.m. (Brad Johansen/Randy Cross/Rashan Ali); Nevada at Boise State, 8 p.m. (Dave Ryan/Adam Archuleta/Evan Washburn).
BTN — Purdue at Michigan State, noon (Eric Collins/Derek Rackley/Eric Couch); Indiana at Michigan, 3:30 p.m. (Matt Devlin/Glen Mason/Jon Jansen); Wisconsin at Illinois, 8 p.m. (Kevin Kugler/Chuck Long/
MY4 (WNYA) — Syracuse at Georgia Tech, 12:30 p.m. (Steve Martin/Dave Archer/Rachel Baribeau).
ESPN3 — Army at Temple, 1 p.m. (John Sadak/Al Groh); Ohio at Eastern Michigan, 1 p.m. (Dan Gutowsky/Dustin Fox); Akron at Miami (Ohio), 1 p.m. (Jim Barbar/Rocky Boiman); Ball State at Western Michigan, 2 p.m. (Shawn Kenney/Bob Chmeil); Indiana State at Illinois State, 2 p.m. (Brian Shawn/Lee Timmerman/Jamal Spencer); Northern Illinois at Central Michigan, 3 p.m. (Michael Reghi/Jerrod Cherry); Kent State at South Alabama, 3 p.m. (Drew Fellios/Forrest Conoly); North Dakota State at Southern Illinois, 3 p.m. (Brian Shawn/Lee Timmerman/Jamal Spencer); Coastal Carolina at Liberty, 3:30 p.m. (Jason Benetti/Ray Jones); Wofford at Western Carolina, 3:30 p.m. (Darren Goldwater/Paul Maguire); Massachusetts at Buffalo, 3:30 p.m. (Howard Simon/Mark Collins); Austin Peay at Murray State, 4 p.m. (Kevin Ingram/Bob Belvin); Western Illinois at Youngstown State, 4 p.m. (Chad Krispinsky/Zach Humphries/Lauren Minenok); Nicholls State at Stephen F. Austin, 4 p.m. (Randy McIlvoy/Shea Walker/Chris Mycoskie); Georgia State at Texas State, 7:30 p.m.; Texas A&M-Kingsville at North Alabama, 7:30 p.m.; Rice at New Mexico State, 8 p.m. (Glen Cerny/Danny Knee); Sam Houston State at McNeese State, 8 p.m. (Lincoln Rose/Rene Nadeau).
Time Warner Cable SportsChannel 50 — Towson at UAlbany, 3:30 p.m. (Rodger Wyland/Zach Bye/Ashley Miller).
ABC10 (WTEN) — Iowa at Ohio State, 3:30 p.m. (Bob Wischusen/Rod Gilmore/Quint Kessenich); Florida State at Clemson, 8 p.m. (Brent Musburger/Kirk Herbstreit/Heather Cox).
Pac-12 — Charleston Southern at Colorado, 2 p.m. (JB Long/Jamal Anderson/Aaron Owens); Washington at Arizona State, 6 p.m. (Ted Robinson/Glenn Parker/Drea Avent); Utah at Arizona, 10 p.m. (Kevin Calabro/Yogi Roth/Jill Savage).
YES — Duke at Virginia, 3:30 p.m. (Wes Durham/Brian Stann/Jenn Hildreth); Old Dominion at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. (Ron Thulin/Ovie Mughelli/Elizabeth Moreau).
NBC13 — Southern California at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. (Dan Hicks/Mike Mayock/Alex Flanagan).
FOX College Sports Atlantic — William & Mary at Maine, 12:30 p.m. (Dan Hannigan/Brian Sullivan/Brittany Devane).
FOX College Sports Central — Sacramento State at North Dakota, 3:30 p.m. (Dan Hammer/Ryan Kasowski/Greg Stemen).
ESPN2 — Louisiana-Lafayette at Arkansas State, 8 p.m. (Joe Davis/David Diaz-Infante).
ESPN — Kentucky at Mississippi St., 7:30 p.m. (Rece Davis/Jesse Palmer and David Pollack/Samantha Ponder).
FS1 — Marshall at Middle Tennessee, 7:30 p.m. (Justin Kutcher/Petros Papadakis and Joel Klatt/Kristina Pink).
ESPN — Boise St. at BYU, 8 p.m. (Carter Blackburn/Danny Kanell/Allison Williams).