President Trump's aides like to call him "the closer." But on Wednesday, he came face-to-face with arguably the best closer of all time — in baseball.
Former New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera was among those who attended a White House meeting with Trump and other senior officials on how to combat opioid abuse.
Rivera's charitable foundation does work with underprivileged children in the U.S. and Latin America.
Trump singled out the legendary hurler for praise as he went around the Cabinet Room table asking for introductions.
“You made the ball like it weighed 30 pounds,” he said of Rivera’s pitching. “How many broken bats?”
The Panama-born Rivera, whose 652 saves were the most in MLB history, was on five World Series championship teams and made the All-Star Game 13 times.
After the meeting, he was asked about Trump's closer nickname.
"It’s a great designation for the right person," he said. "He will do what needs to get done."