Cooperstown, N.Y. - National Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2019 inductee, Mike Mussina, visited the hall on Main Street for his traditional orientation visit, Thursday.
The former pitcher spent a few hours touring the museum, looking at historical artifacts and taking in the plaque gallery, including a viewing of where his will be placed come the summer.
Mussina began his career in 1991 with the Baltimore Orioles, after being selected by them in the 11th round of the 1987 MLB June Amateur Draft. He was selected by the O's again with the 20th overall pick in the 1st round of the 1990 June Amateur Draft.
Nicknamed 'Moose,' he spent the first ten years of his career with the Orioles before signing with the New York Yankees ahead of the 2001 season.
With the Yankees, Mussina appeared in two World Series (2001, 2003), retiring after the 2008 season, where he recorded his first 20-win campaign going 20-9 with a 3.37 ERA.
Though he was sandwiched in between two World Series championships with the Bombers, Mussina said he had no regrets and looked fondly back on his time in New York.
"My time in New York was great, we were in the playoffs seven out of eight years, I got to play with a lot of great players in front of great fans, passionate fans."
He said that donning the Pinstripes was something special and that the competitive nature of the organization made it a very attracting landing spot when he became a free agent in 2001.
"I loved all eight years, you knew going into spring training that the last game of the regular season was still going to mean something," he said. "This was the Yankees, their focus is to be in the postseason and we're going to be in September and pushing for something important. I was excited about it when I went and I loved doing it every year."
Mussina is going in with former longtime teammate, Mariano Rivera, the first unanimously elected player into the Hall of Fame.
He said the Rivera meant a great deal to him as a teammate, both on and off the field, and that it is special to be sharing this moment with him, injecting some humor into his .
"To have him back there behind me knowing that he was going to come in and if I could get us deep enough in a game and give us a chance, he was going to finish this thing and we're going to win this game, that's a good feeling to have," Mussina said. "It was great playing with him."
Mussina finished his 18-year career going 270-153 with a 3.68 ERA, 2,813 strikeouts, and a 1.192 WHIP in 536 starts.
He and the rest of the class of 2019 will be enshrined in the hallowed halls on July 21, 2019.
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