On the heels of the news, via WFAN’s Sweeny Murti tweet, that New York Yankees Jorge Posada was retiring, reading the headline “Rivera will decide on retirement by spring training,” made me want to puke.
That headline came from an article by Rob Abruzzese over at the uber-popular Bronx Baseball Daily, also a personal favorite blog that I visit regularly. And Rob, you certainly got my heart racing.
As that is not Mo, as the last thing he ever wants is for anything to be all about him. Also, if anything can change a person’s mind, it is 162-games yet to be played and honestly do we really have to go here yet?
This whole story stemmed from an article by Marc Craig of the Star Ledger and all that was reported was, Rivera has said he might know by spring training whether he intends to keep pitching when his contract expires after this year.
See, Rob from BBD might not realize that like many Yankee fans, Mo’s retirement has been on my mind for a few seasons, as I attempt to prepare for that dreadful day.
I have played out the context in my head like a broken record.
Scenario is as follows… bottom of the ninth inning, at the Stadium and the Yankees lead 4-3.
As the door swings open in the outfield Metallica’s Sandman is replaced with the crowds silence, as whatever song is playing, and whoever is jogging to the hill won’t matter because it is not Mo.
At least for that day, and probably a few more because as each Yankee fan attends their first game of that season, they will have to experience that same soullessness.
For me personally, it continues to be an absolute honor to watch Mariano Rivera. As other than some hair on his head, Mo has not lost a step and at 42-years young I doubt that will change anytime soon.
I can genuinely say that the World is a better place knowing that men like Mariano Rivera exist.
It is rare to find an athlete as famous as Mo, whose humble character actually overshadows his extraordinary talent. Understandably, it is hard to be anything but in utter awe of him as a person.
Okay before I have a complete breakdown here, I will stop myself and enjoy Mo because reality is; Mo is still a Yankee at least for the 2012 season.
And gosh, if this ever were to come true in 2012, wouldn’t it be proper for the greatest closer ever to go out in the greatest way possible?
Hint, hint. That would mean winning #28 in 2012, but I am sure you figured that out.
For now, here is a verse from a Lonestar song called “Smile” that always reminded me of Mo; see what you did to me Rob.
“I’m going to smile and make you think I’m happy, I’m going to laugh, so you don’t see me cry, I’m going to let you go in style, and even if it kills me – I’m going to smile.”
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- New York Yankees Fans…We Salute You (ladylovespinstripes.com)
- You: MLB: Which New York Yankees Will Be Playing Elsewhere in 2013? (bleacherreport.com)
- Mariano Rivera making progress following vocal cord surgery (hardballtalk.nbcsports.com)
- Say It Ain’t Mo! Yankees’ Rivera Says 2012 Season May Be His Last (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- Report: Yankees? Jorge Posada to retire (theglobeandmail.com)