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New York Yankees: Who likes criticizing Mo cause I do not

New York Yankee closer Mariano Rivera before a...

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Unfortunately it seems there’s always a first time for everything.

Good or Bad.

And criticizing New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera will be a first for me.


Rivera is not only the greatest closer to ever play the game; he is the paramount of a role model for the way he handles himself both on and off the field.

Baseball fans and players alike worship him, and you realize that this after hearing ex- Red Sox, now Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon once told Ian Browne:

“I owe a lot of gratitude to him because of what he’s done. I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for him. I think everybody knows that. The closer’s role wouldn’t be as noted. More and more now, people and teams and fans are starting to realize, because of Mariano, how important it is to have that closer to win a World Series,” he went on to say, “When you look up closer, the definition, in the dictionary, that’s Mariano.”

Anyone who hears Rivera’s genuine humble demeanor after he just struck out the side in a one-run ballgame falls instantly in love with this man.

Never taking his job for granted, Rivera is a shoe-in, on a speed train heading straight into Cooperstown.

It is absolutely impossible to think of life after Mo, but at 42 years old his time to wave goodbye is coming but it just feels like it is too soon.

Having Rivera on the Yankees is the pride, power and the pinstripes.


It is no secret that Rivera’s contract expires at the end of 2012, but he does have the option to exercise a one-year extension, if he so wishes.

I presumed this decision would not be addressed until after the last pitch of the 2012 World Series, which my hope is that, he will to busy pitching in it anyway.

So, why did I presume this?

Plain and simple it is just not Mo-like.

Rivera would never want to upstage the impending season, or make it all about him. And everybody knows the media vultures lurking in New York City love nothing more than Yankees drama.

So, you must understand the utter shock I was in when just two days ago Rivera was asked about his pending retirement after this season and the Associated Press quoted him answering:

“I made my decision already, but I’m not ready to tell you yet.”

Mo went as far as comparing this with him saying he might retire in the past, and went on to say:

“This one is different. This is it.  …. It’s irrevocable.”

The real kick in the stomach came when Rivera went into detail saying:

“My kids want me home. They were ready for me to stay home. I had to tell them, I have a job to do. I have obligations. I have my church, my family. I’ve been blessed in amazing ways. I’ve have a great career, but at the same time, there’s other things to do.”

The first thing I though was TMI (too-much-information) Mo!

Rivera seemed to have been slipped some truth serum because he just unleashed the hounds.

The sports media ha gone buck wild with his detailed comments and knowing the way things go in the Big Apple this will be just the beginning.

Personally, for the first time I was disappointed in Rivera.

Mo could have easily said that the subject of his pending retirement was officially closed until the conclusion of the 2012 season, end of story.

Rivera did make a point of adding that his focus now is solely on the team winning a World Series

Look, my point is that Rivera did not accomplish anything by sharing too much with the press. And the timing, being the first day of Spring Training, could not have been worse.

Now, this has left me with no other option but to mentally prepare myself for this story to stick, and stick hard all season long.

Rivera should have given the press no leg to stand on, but instead he has made them hungry and curious to find out about “Mo’s decision”

So, my advice to Yankees fans everywhere is:

Prepare yourselves for a migraine headache because this storyline will haunt the sports world all season long; and it really didn’t have too.


I am already sad enough about Mo’s last days, and was hoping to put it out of my head and enjoy watching him without the media giving me a heavy heart once a week.

This could be the perfect time for some A-rod drama to leak as the press are looking for something to hang on and I think most Yankee fans would rather the story not be this.


  1. Kev says:

    True, Mo could have just said, "Let's just wait 'till the end of this season". There were times last season where he actually looked human and slipped a little bit but if he puts up another 40 save season, who knows. If I had to make a guess right now, I would say it's probably his last season !

    • LLP says:

      Kevin I agree with it being Mo's last season. I figured this when he signed his last 2 year with a 3rd year option in 2009-10 off-season. Mo always has his human moments every season, I just think people immediately jump to panic when it happens now.

  2. Luke says:

    If Mo retires I want to know beforehand so I can go to the last game at the stadium. I think with everything he has done and accomplished he can go out any way he wants. Oh and Kev, Mo has gotten better as he's gotten older.

    • LLP says:

      Luke – – – it will be a sad day at the Stadium that is for sure. But I plan to be there too!!