Just in case they need another career, Yankees closer Mariano Rivera and WNBA rookie Brittney Griner are on the top of the Harlem Globetrotters' wish list.
The showcase team made its pitch earlier this week for the two to put on the striped uniforms:
"Brittney Griner is a great ambassador for the game of basketball and a terrific player. We fully support her WNBA career with the Phoenix Mercury,” said Harlem Globetrotters CEO Kurt Schneider. "Our North American tour runs from the end of December to the end of April, which would not conflict with the WNBA season. The Globetrotters already have two outstanding female stars in TNT Maddox and T-Time Brawner, so the transition to our roster would be seamless.
"And in the fourth quarter, when the Globetrotters need to close out a game, who better than the best closer of all-time? Mariano Rivera has made a living by finishing off opponents. We always have a place on our roster for winning athletes with that kind of mindset. His charitable work through the Mariano Rivera Foundation also embodies the spirit of the Globetrotters giving back to the community."
Griner, sadly for the Globetrotters, is already heading to China in the WNBA offseason (most women players make the majority of their money playing overseas.)
"While it's an honor to be considered, I am under contract with the Phoenix Mercury and the Zhejiang Golden Bulls," Griner told espnW. "And I am 100 percent committed to doing all I can to bring championships to our fans."
The offer comes only months after Mark Cuban suggested she should try out for the Mavericks.