Unfortunately it seems there’s always a first time for everything.
Good or Bad.
FIRST, LET ME SAY HOW I FEEL ABOUT MO:
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.
“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.
MY LAST WORDS ON THIS SUBJECT:
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.
- Rivera hints 2012 could be final season (msn.foxsports.com)
- Mo’s Final Season? (slidingintohome.blogspot.com)
- Contemplating the End of the Mariano Rivera Era (pinstripealley.com)
- Is this it for Mo? Closer hints at retirement (nydailynews.com)
- Robertson knows next Yankees closer ‘has big shoes to fill’ (nypost.com)
- Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! (janeheller.com)
- Mariano Rivera Retirement: Yankees’ Ace Closer Hints 2012 May Be His Final Season [Video] (inquisitr.com)
- Yankees’ Rivera hints at retirement (nypost.com)
- New York Yankees: Rivera’s Retirement…Really Rob? (ladylovespinstripes.com)
- Yankees’ Rivera hints 2012 may be his last year (sportsillustrated.cnn.com)