Mom's support means everything to T.J. Rivera

May 10th, 2017
"I can't thank her enough for everything she's done. She's been my rock for sure," T.J. Rivera said of his mom, Nilsa.

NEW YORK -- Mets infielder 's parents mean everything to him, and his mom, Nilsa, holds a special place in his heart.

"I'm really big on family," Rivera said. "I wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for them. The support she had for me -- a lot of times it's your dad only teaching you sports and things, but I really had both of them. She was always there for me. She's a big softball player, so she would always play with me whenever I wanted to when I was a kid growing up.

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"And then obviously all the sacrifices she made throughout the years -- coming straight from work, dropping me off at games -- you don't think about it as a kid, but then you start to think about all the sacrifices she made for me. It's crazy. I don't know how she did it, putting out the money for me to play and for me to be seen, doing all the things for me to get to college. I can't thank her enough for everything she's done. She's been my rock for sure."