WATCH: Mariano Rivera Teaches Jimmy Fallon How to Throw 1st Pitch in MLB New York Yankees vs Texas Rangers Game

Published 09/24/2021, 12:31 AM EDT


American TV host Jimmy Fallon attended the MLB clash between New York Yankees vs Texas Rangers on Tuesday. Notably, the hall of fame greatest reliever of all time, Mariano Rivera, was also present at the game, to support his team.

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Jimmy Fallon is popularly known for his talk show ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.’ Interestingly, baseball players have been frequent guests in the show’s history, with Jimmy too being a constant attendee in the stands. However, this time he was not just a viewer at the Major League Baseball game.

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Jimmy learns how to throw from Mariano Rivera

The Yankees vs Rangers game took place at the Yankee Stadium mound on Tuesday. Going by a longstanding ritual of baseball, the guest of honor always throws the ceremonial first pitch. Luckily for Jimmy, it was his time to shine.

However, when the famed talk show host spotted the legendary baseball player, Mariano Rivera, he offered him to throw the pitch. Regardless, Rivera politely declined the offer but coached Jimmy, giving him the expertise he needed.

Sep 8, 2021; Cooperstown, New York, USA; Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera is introduced during the 2021 National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Clark Sports Center. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Mo advised Jimmy to throw his pitch from the full 60 feet, 6 inches on the pitching rubber, instead of in front of the mound, which was Fallon’s earlier intention.

Notably, Rivera seemed happy with his prodigy’s throw. Before leaving the ground, both the stars also signed the ball. Next, Mariano will soon appear on Jimmy’s talk show on Thursday.

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New York Yankees vs Texas Rangers MLB 2021

New York Yankees and Texas Rangers faced each other on Tuesday, in the playoff race. Remarkably, the Yankees defeated the Rangers by a strong margin of 7-1. It was Giancarlo Stanton’s incredible performance taking a home run, and Aaron Judge’s three-run shot that secured their win against Texas.

Sep 21, 2021; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Gio Urshela (29) scores a run in front of Texas Rangers catcher Jose Trevino (23) on a single by Yankees’ first baseman Anthony Rizzo (not pictured) during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Notably, Stanton added his 31st home run with an exit velocity of at least 118 mph, tracked by Statcast since 2015, including postseason play. In the series finales of MLB Yankees vs Texas, Corey Kluber will face the rookie-laden Rangers. Who will triumph over whom?

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