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New York Yankees: Rivera’s Retirement…Really Rob?

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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.

Just the thought of Yankees Universe sans Rivera seems impossible, but he would never announce his plans in Spring Training that I can guarantee.

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.”

8 Comments

  1. thomas catanzarita says:

    very well said

    • LLP says:

      Thank you Thomas!!!

      I just have so much respect for Rivera, I grew up with him and cannot imagine the role being anyone else's.

  2. Uncle Mike says:

    There will come a day when the closer is someone other than Mariano. If that closer is David Robertson, I can live with it. As much as we love Mariano, no one is irreplaceable. Ruth left, Gehrig and Dickey were still there, DiMaggio arrived. Gehrig left, Dickey and DiMaggio were still there, Henrich and Keller came into their own. By the time DiMaggio left, Berra was there and Mantle had arrived. When Mickey left, that was pretty much it, but Steinbrenner came in and rebuilt the team. Things change, time marches on, but there will never again be the kind of drought the Yankees had in 1965-75 and 1982-92.

    • LLP says:

      Uncle Mike….I totally understand that things change, but I disagree about with your point that Mo is replaceable.

      DiMaggio and Ruth were not Mo as a person, and that does factor in, as even Berra had issues. Gehrig still has not been replaced, as his locker was left empty in the old Stadium's locker room and there is a locker for him, empty in the new Yankee Stadium. So, sometimes there are people who are that special that you don't ever want to replace, and Mo is one of them in my mind.

  3. Kurt Smith says:

    It is tough to see a favorite player retire. It affects you because, especially if the player had a long career, for a big part of your life you've watched him play. But the cool thing about it is that someday I will tell my grandchildren about my baseball heroes and how great they were, like on the day Ripken broke Gehrig's record or when Joe Carter hit the Series winning homer. It's not a bad thing…almost like being at a historic game, remembering great players of an era.

  4. Vincenzo Ranta says:

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  5. Frank Spero says:

    you have been talking about joba ? well this is were he comes in START BREAKING HIM IN !!!!!!!!!

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