​When it was announced Tuesday that former New York Yankees closer ​Mariano Rivera was unanimously elected into the ​Baseball Hall of Fame, several former teammates shared their thoughts on the "Sandman." 


One touching story that provided a great indication of Rivera's character came from former Yankees pitcher Danny Burawa. 


According to Burawa, Rivera consoled the then-prospect after he was diagnosed with a torn oblique.

​​While Rivera became the most dominant closer in the history of baseball, he remained humble throughout and even beyond his playing career. It makes sense, as he knew what it felt like to have to overcome obstacles. 


Rivera attended a Yankees tryout as a shortstop before being signed for $2,500. Injuries ended his career as a starting pitcher, but he worked hard to come back and become the best closer of all time. 

​​Rivera's skills got him elected into Cooperstown, but his character helped get him 100 percent of the vote. Despite this great achievement, Rivera remains humble and thankful. And you know what, fans are thankful for him as well.