May
03

Girardi: Rivera ‘appears’ to have a torn ACL

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Mariano deals one of the final pitches at the old Yankee Stadium. (Photo by Benjamin Kabak)

The bad news on Mariano Rivera from Joe Girardi: “It appears that he has a torn ACL. He will obviously go back to New York and be examined by our guys.” If this initial diagnosis holds true, Rivera will likely be out for at least 6-8 months. Rivera had hinted that 2012 would be his final season, but he had also said he wanted to go out on his terms. We’ll see what this means for his future.

Rivera, speaking through tears in the clubhouse, talked of his injury and future. He said he caught his spike between the grass and dirt and could not pull himself up. He injured his ACL and meniscus. “It’s more mentally than physically,” he said. “I let the team down.”

The Yanks’ closer injured himself in the outfield during batting practice but said he had no regrets. “If I had to do it over again, I’d do it over again,” he said of shagging in the outfield.

When asked if he would return to pitch again this year, Rivera teared up. “At this point, I don’t know. I’ll have to face this first,” Rivera said.

The Yankees, meanwhile, now have an immediate hole in their game plan. With Mariano out of the picture for the foreseeable future, the club will have to find a new pitcher for a role Mariano has filled since 1997. While speaking with reporters after the game, Girardi spoke about the current state of the bullpen. “You lose a Hall of Famer. That changes it a lot,” he said “If that’s what it is, that’s about as bad as it gets.” Either David Robertson or Rafael Soriano could fill in, and Girardi said he was going to sleep on this decision. Considering how Girardi uses the closer, I’d rather see Soriano take the 9th inning and Robertson stay in the fireman role. They can’t really go wrong with either though.

After the game, David Robertson spoke honestly of the injury and his future role in the bullpen. “I don’t know if I’m prepared to do it or not, “he said of closing. “I’m going to go out there and give it my best. I’ve never done it.” For what its worth, Robertson has not allowed a run since August 29 and has given up just one run since July 24 over a span of 37.2 innings.

Girardi, grim during his interview, tried to find some glimmer of hope, but this news is dismaying. “That’s a preliminary report, and that’s not a good report,” the Yanks’ manager said. “Good teams find ways to overcome things, and if we want to play in October, we’ll have to overcome it.”

“It’s bad. It’s bad. There’s no other way you can put it,” Derek Jeter said after the game.

Rivera, 42, is Major League Baseball’s all-time saves leader with 608. A 12-time All Star, Rivera has won five World Series with the Yanks and earned himself the 1999 World Series MVP. He is widely respected throughout baseball and has been a durable and steady presence at the back end of the Yanks’ bullpen since 1996.

Categories : Injuries
  • Typical MIT Nerd

    Some people around here forgot to pick some shamrocks, grab a horseshoe, and cut some rabbit feet.

    Or this team is just old.

    • Don’tcha Know?

      All of it. Bad luck and no youth. Jesus. Yeah, he would’ve helped. :)

  • Beamish

    Is it acceptable to sob over an injury to a baseball player?

    • NYinTX

      No.

    • Samuel

      Be a man about it.

    • Gonzo

      This isn’t a Clemente situation. He’s still Mo and still around.

      Just my two cents.

  • flamingo

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

  • FIPster Doofus

    Well, this is fucking devastating.

  • sangreal

    Pretty much what it looked like from the get go :/

    Not a surprise, but devastating all the same

  • cjc

    Just fucking spectacular this week just keeps getting better. Can’t wait for tomorrow maybe an asteroid will hit the team bus.

  • mike_h

    this is the end

    • John

      beautiful friend.

  • Jimmy McNulty

    We may have just seen the last cutter that Mariano Rivera will ever throw. This is just fucking sad. Devastating in fact. Truly an absolute fucking disaster.

  • DM

    Maybe Hughes to the 7th inning –> Soriano —> Robertson.

    • pistol pete

      Agree with Hughes but I’d keep Robertson where he is and close with Soriano. He’s done it before and done it well, the promotion will give him the juice he’s lacked since signing with the Yanks.

      • Billion$Bullpen

        I do not agree with doing this. BUT if you were going to do this move it might help reduce the payroll next year because Sori might opt out, which I would not be mad at. Even with Mo gone.

        • DM

          I don’t think anything is on the menu besides winning now. Whoever pitches well will do it. Robertson is next in line right now. Soriano will get a crack if he fails. And even if Soriano took over, I don’t see him landing a better 2013 salary than the 14mil option he already has.

  • forensic

    Sucks, but at least the bullpen is one area where they won’t be hurt as much as other possible players going down. Too bad he won’t be able to set the record for most games ever by a right handed pitcher.

  • OMG! Bagels!

    Wishing Mo the best. The NYY is my team and I believe we need Mo, but the man is an incredible human being and a class act and I know this is probably a major disappointment to him and I just wish him speedy recovery.

    I know that if he doesn’t come back, this is not the way he wanted it to end. I want to hear Enter Sandman at least one more time, but right now I feel that’s a selfish thought and am glad I heard it as many times as I did.

    The greatest closer of all time should have a better finale than this (if it is, indeed, the finale). Mo won’t say it’s over until he knows in his heart it is. So just wishing him the best.

  • Soviet Swag

    just get that shit bartolo’d wit stem cells yo

    • LiterallyFigurative

      He’d be back in a week

  • CJ

    Career ending. Thanks for the memories Mo.

  • DM

    Actually I don’t think he’ll retire now. He’ll wanna make a comeback. And since it’s not his arm or shoulder…

    • Jimmy McNulty

      Rehabbing from a torn ACL’s a bitch. Is it worth it for one more year? I won’t speculate about it, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he calls it quits now. Hope to see him for at least one more season, I’m not going to get my hopes up, though.

      • DM

        I don’t know — but I can see him being on a mission to take the mound the again — even for part of season. He’d probably find this an embarrassing way to go otherwise. He might have one more carrot to chase now.

      • sodapopinski

        He has to rehab it anyway- he’ll want to walk on it later in life. I don’t think rehab would be the obstacle.

  • Pat D

    Just because I always cite this whenever I think it’s the end…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgZfuZm4Q3s

  • LiterallyFigurative

    At his age, I don’t see him coming back next year.

    I think you make Soriano the closer and let D-Rob be fireman.

    Hughes to the pen.

    • FIPster Doofus

      K-Rob is the heir apparent. It’s his time, not Soriano’s.

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        If they’re on the hook for Soriano’s option next year, you can be certain that he’s getting the nod.

    • pistol pete

      Agree, great post.

  • Ari Gold

    Not a sky is falling kind of guy but this is probably as close to that feeling as I’ve ever come. I know the bullpen is a strength but not having Mo and the element of uncertainty at finishing games just makes me cringe.

    The value of a closer is a fair debate but we’re losing the greatest closer of all time. Time for Robertson or Soriano to step up.

  • Josh

    well if the end of the 2001 world series was the symbolic and (as it turned out) literal end of the dynasty then perhaps this is the end of something too. Both obviously revolving around perhaps the most dominant player we have ever seen at a particular position over a career. I know this is all chicken little but this really feels like the end of the Yankees run for a while. Starting with this offseason, the talk of the 2014 budget, and then the injury deluge and I really feel like this team is on a downward spiral. Truly a privilege to have watched this man pitch

  • Cy Pettitte

    not his plant leg, he’ll be back next year with Andy, who will be coming off a 12-3 W/L 3.25 ERA year.

  • Avi

    Get rid of Cashman and get rid of the bad karma around this team!

    • Don’tcha Know?

      THE CURSE OF MINKA KELLY!!! (And her beautiful, drool-inducing, boobtastic presence!)

      • Cy Pettitte

        Curse of Cameron Diaz and the popcorn

        • MannyGeee

          You know what? Maybe the Fix is obvious.. I should start dating Kate Hudson!

    • CJ

      It does feel like bad karma. Thought Pineda was bad, then this. Some bad energy. Always up for firing Cashman even for cosmic forces.

      • http://!? Deep Thoughts

        Yes, who could have foreseen an injury to a 42-year-old Major Leaguer. What are the chances?!? CURSED

        • Joe R

          Yeah cause his age had anything to do with that injury.

  • Jeter Meter

    Mariano will pitch next year. Book it.

  • handtius

    i’m usually one of the most positive people on the grid, but this season is reminding me of 08 with all these injuries. lets hope they can get people back healthy and if mo is done, let see if robertson has the “stuff” mo is made. even a 1/3 of what mo is made of is better then most closers.

  • CJ

    Let’s see if this team has the heart to win it for Mo.

    • Kiko Jones

      + 28!

  • AJ

    I have never shed a real tear for this team or any current player. Tonight I have. One of the saddest moments of my life as a Yankee fan. Love you Mo :(

  • sangreal

    So far the bullpen has lost players to:
    Trampoline
    Recycling
    Jason Nix

    • Cy Pettitte

      Cesar “warning track” Cabral

      too soon?

      • forensic

        I laughed.

      • LiterallyFigurative

        I’m not supposed to laugh at a time like this….but it was funny.

  • YanksFanInBeantown

    Oh my Mo.

  • chcmh

    Wow.

    • mustang

      THIS!!!

  • Herby

    I’m guessing that this will probably be it for him…but it certainly isn’t the way a player of his caliber should go out. It’s just a damn shame. Such a stupid injury.

    • sangreal

      I really hope not. For some reason it really bothers me for him not to go out on a high note

  • http://none Ton Lon ton

    At least we have Jesus …

    • handtius

      get over it.

    • Greg

      F*** you

  • David N

    No. I do not believe this. I am going to close my eyes, and when I wake up, Mo will be in Kansas City ready for his next save opportunity. I don’t care if that next opportunity comes in Kansas City. Let the Royals sweep the Yankees – that’s fine. Just let Mo come back.

    Please?

  • LiterallyFigurative

    As always, the young guys have to step it up.

    Ironic in a way that as we get back one of the core four, another one leaves, maybe forever.

    Speechless.

  • Karl Krawfid

    I’m just sad.

  • Slu

    It will be quite sad if it ends like this. In the time Mo has been closer, I have gone from a college kid to a dad. The majority of my baseball life, Mo has been closer of the Yankees (Even though I have soft spots for Rags and Wettland). He deserves a proper send off.

  • AJ

    I have never shed a tear for this team or any current player. Tonight I have. One of the saddest moments of my life as a Yankee fan. Love you Mo :(

  • Hall and Nokes

    Hey, maybe the Yanks can go with that “no actual closer” thing that is clearly the best option for every team that doesn’t have Mo.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

    Man, I thought this season would be a breeze looking at the roster coming into spring but things are getting really ugly, really quick.

    • https://twitter.com/#!/Paddock9652 Stratman9652

      And I’m far from a ledge jumper but this is unbelievable looking at what we were coming into the season with.

  • wes

    its a big loss for sure,but the way this team is playing he was not going to get many saves anyway.The offense is really terrible,the worst is the prima donna first baseman,who should be on the bench or traded.Its really disgusting and frustrating watching game after game ending the same way,men on base and these high priced spoiled choke-up artists fail again,I FOR ONE AM SICK OF IT AND OH,WHERE IS THE BUNT HE WAS TALKING ABOUT BEFORE SPRING TRAINING?GET HIM OUT OF NEW YORK!!!!!!

  • Gonzo

    Those f-cking Mayans had to ruin it for everyone.

    • Don’tcha Know?

      Ahh . . . So THIS is the end of the world everyone’s been fussing about. Makes sense. The implosion of a Universe. Yankee Universe.

  • Ryan

    And think how much more upset we’d all be if the Yankees were actually able to produce a save situation.

  • AJ

    Sorry for the multiple posts. My iPhone was giving me an error saying the message didn’t post. Looking above I see that it did. Will drop a note to Mike/Ben.

    • sangreal

      I had the same problem on my (android) phone the other day. Something seems to be up with the site

  • FIPster Doofus

    Jack Curry thinks Mo will be back next season. Please be right.

  • Tom

    There’s the baseball impact, but what saddens me is the possibility that he won’t get the farewell he so richly deserves.

    That’s what bothers me the most and what probably would have been a spectacular send off at Yankee Stadium. I have a feeling had he announced his retirement mid-season he would have been getting ovations on he road as well.

    Obviously he should do what he wants but selfishly I hope he makes a comeback so he can be sent off into retirement properly.

    • Fernando

      +1 MILLION!

  • Ivan

    This is lie….this did not happen, I refuse to believe this…..noooo…noooooo

  • CJ

    I don’t see all the “relax calm down, you don’t know, don’t jump to conclusions, could be nothing serious” crowd from 4 hours ago

    • Don’tcha Know?

      Haha. I know. But hey, at least Tex will return to his former dominance, right? RIGHT?!?!?!

    • Dan

      Yeah. I’ve seen guys writhe in pain like that before — it’s usually in football, and it’s usually torn ACL. Sickening.

      • sangreal

        Yeah, it was pretty obvious. Cone actually called it immediately when they played the video on the broadcast. Not sure where the ‘calm down’ crowd was coming from

  • Knoxvillain

    What’s to say? This just fucking sucks. I’d bet on him coming back next season though. I doubt he retires like this.

  • LiterallyFigurative

    Can the week end? What can be next?

  • AJ

    So happy that we won the 09 series. Would have hated to see Mo leave without a recent championship. Hopefully he comes back but if he doesn’t I wish him nothing but the best.

  • Reggie C.

    Simply devastating.

    Soriano has to finally shake off the early season cobwebs and return to form. I’m not saying Soriano becomes the closer, but Soriano will see a rise in appearances now that Robertson is going to take on the closer mantle. Joe G will put his best reliever in the 9th if anything just to remain consistent with baseball tradition.

  • Nathan

    Oh man…not good news. I hope either the initial prognosis was wrong, he somehow miraculously heals fast or that, heaven forbid he is gone this season, he comes back for one more year.

    The good news is that Robertson is more than capable of handling the 9th. Not as good as Rivera, but he is at least on-par with the upper echelon closers. The bad news is that it shortens the pen and puts more pressure on Soriano to be able to lock down the 8th.

  • Dan

    I can’t remember a thing in sports I’ve felt was more tragic than this. He’s been my favorite player for about 10 years now. Our rock and our redeemer. The Yankees bullpen will be okay with Robertson, but that just adds to the sadness. Suddenly he’s not an immortal. They’ll have to . . . replace him. :(

  • Mberk15

    It’s the end of the world as we Mo it.

  • Tyrone Sharpton

    why have those bitch ass mutha fuckas been letting 42 year old mo run and shag fly balls? he’s a pitcha, not an outfielder. New Yorker Fuckees should be the new name. hope we see mo again, i really do

  • Yankeefan Arod Fan
  • http://twitter/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

    Guys
    Guys
    fuck
    Guys

  • stuart a

    tragic. the guy had 16 + years and is 42 years old. that is not tragic. tragic is when a 24 year old has his career ended and tragic might be a exagaration.

    tragic is texiera, cano, and arod… really how bad can these clowns be. cano with 4 rbi’s and a 260 or so OBP. texiera using the left side of the field just like last year with also tremendous #’s. and arod is a shell of himself. i have never seen him hit so many weak ground ball bleeders. the guy is a joke.

    on the Mo front. this team has enough talent to win without him. randy levines waste Soriano needs to get a pulse and start playing bette rand robertson is a stud……… ship out garcia, add some bench players and call up and play people based on results not paychecks…………

    Cano is the real star of this team. why not give him a 5 yr $75 mill extension after all we do not want to hurt his feelings.

  • BK2ATL

    It’s bad. It sucks, but we’ll be okay. Soriano and Robertson have been properly groomed for this. Funny enough, we’re well-prepared for this. Now let’s just see how Girardi handles this. The tools are definitely in the shed.

    Hughes needs to be moved to the bullpen now. Phelps deserves another start. Mitchell and Garcia as long men. Pettitte back in the rotation next week. We just move on.

    And, I also think Mariano will come back next year, esp. HOW he got hurt, shagging fly balls in the OF during warmups. He’s a proud man and certainly wouldn’t want to leave on those terms. It’ll be on the mound.

    See you in 2013, Mo.

    • Greg

      And what about the offense, huh? How do we fix that?

      • CUYanks

        Larger sample size.

        • Samuel

          I love the Sample Size answers for everything. That means you just don’t know and hope it gets better.

          But it rarely gets better for guys who hit like Teixeira.

          • MannyGeee

            Except that every season he hits like shit to start the season, but then he hits 30+ homers and his line looks like a guy that should make $15M.

            In other words, sample size

      • BK2ATL

        Dock the culprits pay for $1 million for each GIDP and $500k per infield pop-up with RISP.

        Lineup should be stable. Fuck Girardi’s “matchups.”

        Jeter
        Martin – contact/OBP with speed, plus can bunt over Jeter
        Granderson – currently best hitter in lineup
        A-Rod – making significant contact – best of the previous 3-4-5
        Cano – still struggling
        Tex – at this point, hot garbage
        Ibanez – good for an occasional clutch hit, professional hitter
        Jones – could be interchanged with Ibanez
        Nix/Nunez – just give us your best, be mischievous, battle til Gardner’s back

        Boom!!!

  • mustang

    From baseball stand they have some candidates that look like they can step in but from a fan’s point of view how can anyone replace the legend that I been watching for 18 years.

    Devastating is understatement.

    • mustang

      From a baseball…

  • Karl Krawfid

    A-Rod looks like he wants to cry.

    • sangreal

      Mariano looks worse

      During his interview I mean. Really appeared to be holding back tears

      • sangreal

        Scratch the holding back

  • Bo Knows

    dammit….decent record or not this season has f**kin’ sucked

    • David

      And they don’t have a decent record anymore…

      • Bo Knows

        Thanks for shattering my last bit of hope….I’ve always been a rational optimist but this season has me on the ropes. I’m about a 2 right now on optimism/hope for the playoffs too many injuries too many down years out of important players.

  • Yankeefan Arod Fan

    BryanHoch Mariano Rivera, head bowed and teary-eyed, says he does not know if he will pitch again.

  • Miles Davis

    i believe in karma, and trading jesus was bad karma. we all know mariano is super religious too.

    • Bo Knows

      are fucking kidding me? Jesus being traded doesn’t have a damn thing to do with what’s happening to this team right now….its a string of bad luck, but what kind of bad karma does trading a talented player for a talented player. Karma by definition rewards righteous acts and punishes evil acts, a fair business transaction for a game does not fulfill either.

  • Will Broadsword

    Fire Girardi and Cashman for not having the balls to tell Mo that at 42, his “outfield” days were over. This amounts to professional neglect. Do NFL teams allow QBs to practice field goals or run back kicks just for fun?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      What if he slipped in the shower and hurt himself that way? Should they ban showers?

      These are grown men.

      • Don’tcha Know?

        Whoa.

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

          Yeah I took part of it back.

          • Don’tcha Know?

            Haha, I was like . . . Wait, where’d it go?

      • Gonzo

        Kevin Youkilis: But you’re not saying we have to shower, right?

        • Don’tcha Know?

          HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Who’s dirtier: Youk or Pedroia? Ooo, but then you throw Beckett into the mix . . . That’s a toughy.

      • Will Broadsword

        That’s a facile, childish analogy. Mo had no business running down fly balls at his age. He’s a commodity, not a teenager on a joy ride through the outfield.

      • sangreal

        The trampoline complaint I could see. Maybe even a ban on carrying recycling. Part of his job is to field balls though, I don’t know how you can complain about that

        • Will Broadsword

          Part of his job is to run down fly balls on the warning track? That’s a long run from the pitching mound.

          Would the team allow A-Rod or Jeter to practice throwing sliders from the mound?

          • sangreal

            He jumped and his knee went out. Don’t see how it would matter if it were a line drive over the mound instead

          • Samuel

            Pitchers have been shagging fly balls during batting practice forever. It is what they do to get in their running and to help with the process of BP.

            Been going on long before Mo was born and will go on long after Mo is gone.

            Do you want all these guys to be placed in bubble wrap until they are ready to play the game?

    • DT

      Well NFL teams lets QBs play as receivers in training camp.

      • Will Broadsword

        Because some QBs are part-time WRs. But is Drew Brees or Peyton Manning risking their legs trying to punt just for the fun of it?

    • pistol pete

      You know you’re making a lot of sense.

  • wordscantexplain

    this hurts more than if my wife right now told me she wanted a divorce…this just blows..MO HAS to come back for 1 more year..

    • ROBTEN

      Seriously?

      Perhaps you should show her this and see what she says.

  • Yankeefan Arod Fan

    Is It Ok If I Cry :”(

    • sangreal

      Mo was crying during his interview (hard to watch), so go for it

      • Yankeefan Arod Fan

        that broke ma heart seen mo in tears wow i cant believe im tearing up here i love our New York Yankees.

    • Jesse

      Who cares what other people think. Go for it, if you haven’t already.

  • Robert

    I hope Jayson Nix never plays in MLB again.

    • MannyGeee

      The more surprising part is that Jayson Nix put a ball to the track

  • Reggie C.

    I really hope this doesn’t open up an immediate internal discussion of putting Hughes BACK in the pen. Let’s see Corey wade succeed in an expanded role.

    • Reggie C.

      To be clear, I’m not against the notion that if Hughes can’t cut it as a starter by end of may that he should then be placed in the pen. But right now, there’s a need for Hughes to start. Who else?

      Anybody seen Roy Oswald around?

      • Bo Knows

        with the luck NY is having, Oswalts back will come a-barking forcing him onto the dl…then he comes back and YS3 is attacked by Ctulu on his first game.

    • pistol pete

      Hughes is a big improvement over Wade and will fill the gap Soriano leaves. Too big a stage for Wade, leave Wade for other situations.

  • mustang

    “Good teams find ways to overcome things, and if we want to play in October, we’ll have to overcome it.”

    WELL SAID!

  • http://twitter/TheRealJeromeS Jerome S.

    I say we abandon the team and forfeit all games until spring 2016.

    • Deep Thoughts

      We can just have a good Cry-Fest and Pitcher Fielding Safety Tips exhibition until then.

  • flamingo

    The last paragraph of the updated post makes it sound like an obituary. I CAN’T WITH THAT. He has got to come back.

    • sangreal

      Man, you’re not kidding. It really does read like an obit

      • forensic

        Well, most people here are overreacting like their child or spouse just died, so why not write it up like that anyway?

    • MannyGeee

      I was thinking the same thing… Someone should go check on Axisa… Bring him a Pepsi or a bagel or something

      • MannyGeee

        My bad, check on Ben… Axisa may be over the edge already

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  • Tim

    Is this the first season in memory that the Yanks finish last in the AL East? This is a tough division folks and I just don’t see the Yanks pulling this out this season.

    • ROBTEN

      Yup. Season’s over. I mean, it’s not like there’s five months of baseball left.

      A team that wins 100 games still loses 62 times.

      Even good teams slump.

      But, by all means, just call it quits now.

    • BigDavey88

      You really think the Orioles are better?

  • Pat D

    I will say that’s a pretty awesome picture, Ben. I think I’m going to have to save that and use it as my desktop background.

  • Bobtaco

    What stage are you currently in?

    The stages, popularly known by the acronym DABDA, include:[2]

    Denial — “I feel fine.”; “This can’t be happening, not to me.”
    Denial is usually only a temporary defense for the individual. This feeling is generally replaced with heightened awareness of possessions and individuals that will be left behind after death. Denial can be conscious or unconscious refusal to accept facts, information, or the reality of the situation. Denial is a defense mechanism and some people can become locked in this stage.

    Anger — “Why me? It’s not fair!”; “How can this happen to me?”; ‘”Who is to blame?”
    Once in the second stage, the individual recognizes that denial cannot continue. Because of anger, the person is very difficult to care for due to misplaced feelings of rage and envy. Anger can manifest itself in different ways. People can be angry with themselves, or with others, and especially those who are close to them. It is important to remain detached and nonjudgmental when dealing with a person experiencing anger from grief.

    Bargaining — “I’ll do anything for a few more years.”; “I will give my life savings if…”
    The third stage involves the hope that the individual can somehow postpone or delay death. Usually, the negotiation for an extended life is made with a higher power in exchange for a reformed lifestyle. Psychologically, the individual is saying, “I understand I will die, but if I could just do something to buy more time…” People facing less serious trauma can bargain or seek to negotiate a compromise. For example “Can we still be friends?..” when facing a break-up. Bargaining rarely provides a sustainable solution, especially if it’s a matter of life or death.

    Depression — “I’m so sad, why bother with anything?”; “I’m going to die soon so what’s the point?”; “I miss my loved one, why go on?”
    During the fourth stage, the dying person begins to understand the certainty of death. Because of this, the individual may become silent, refuse visitors and spend much of the time crying and grieving. This process allows the dying person to disconnect from things of love and affection. It is not recommended to attempt to cheer up an individual who is in this stage. It is an important time for grieving that must be processed. Depression could be referred to as the dress rehearsal for the ‘aftermath’. It is a kind of acceptance with emotional attachment. It’s natural to feel sadness, regret, fear, and uncertainty when going through this stage. Feeling those emotions shows that the person has begun to accept the situation.

    Acceptance — “It’s going to be okay.”; “I can’t fight it, I may as well prepare for it.”
    In this last stage, individuals begin to come to terms with their mortality, or that of a loved one, or other tragic event. This stage varies according to the person’s situation. People dying can enter this stage a long time before the people they leave behind, who must pass through their own individual stages of dealing with the grief.

    • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

      Copy & paste your Psych 101 outlines at LoHUD please

  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Wow. Just saw the interview.

    This is going to have far-reaching effects on team morale.

    • OldYanksFan

      Link Please.

  • chcmh

    A stair, a trampoline and a warning track – tough year for our pitchers. I can’t even think about this in any terms at all – I’ll try to take my lead from Mariano and just think about the team and tomorrow’s game, but man . . . .

  • OldYanksFan

    New Mo thread up.

  • SMK

    A torn meniscus as well? Fuck fuck fuck fuck!!!!!

  • http://RAB Rob

    Sad to hear about Mo, really sad! However, look at this line up, it is pathetic and looks punchless and old! Jeter, looks reborn though. All of the sudden we are back to 1989.

  • split-finger

    i can only assume, but it’s sad knowing ill never get to see him pitch again…

  • Naved

    Hughes – Soriano – Robertson

  • SouthernYankeeFan

    Not ashamed at all to admit I shed a tear. Not because they lose Mo for the season, but more due to the fact that an amazing career may end on something like that. I guess i just always imagined him closing out a game meaningful or not taking the ball and that being the last game he ever pitched. Such a shame if a legendary career comes to end like this.

  • Mike Plugh

    I tried to avoid the video, but eventually gave in. Hard to watch, and I think this is the closest thing to mourning a person can go through with a player, who’s still very much alive. It’s almost not real…but I have a lot of faith in David Robertson who will step into big shoes with all the talent and seasoning needed to be the next great Yankees closer.

    • I’m sexy and I Cano it

      Link?

  • Samuel

    Yovani Gallardo of the Brewers torn his ACL on May 2, 2008:

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....8;c_id=mlb

    And Gallardo came back and pitched in the final week of the regular season, then started Game 1 of the 2008 NLDS against the Phillies.

    But he was 22 and Mo is 42.

    Still, there is a chance Mo can come back.

    • Gonzo

      How awesome would it it be for him to come back, pitch in the playoffs, then retire.

      • flamingo

        Not as awesome as having him pitch this entire season, close out the World Series, and then retire.

        But still the absolute best case scenario.

  • Darren

    I tore my ACL and MCL but not meniscus playing football and I am not even 88% of the athlete Mo is. I think I could have come back after four months, and been about 95%. If I was Mo.

    But why not pitch another 2 years, even after the playoffs this year? This was a freak accident, not a sign of decline. Perhaps if you are a man of faith like Mo, you believe it is a sign from G-d to eke every last ounce of your amazing talent out of your body.

  • RkyMtnYank

    I tore the acl in my left knee two years ago playing basketball and have still been able to pitch to my sons baseball team without problems. Granted this in not the Ml’s but the meniscus issue must be the real issue otherwise it seems like something that could be worked through. I can’t jump off me left leg very well but planting and throwing have never been an issue. This is baseball, however, where a hangnail can sideline you for a year. Not that I am at all discounting the issue but all in all baseball players are real pussies when it comes to injuries. My daughters softball team seems to have more fortitude that mlb baseball players.

  • Fernando

    Yankees have won the World Series every year that Kentucky has won the NCAA Basketball title. That trend is going to be severely tested this year.

  • bonestock94

    I don’t even…

  • Bavarian Yankee

    boy would that be a shame if this ends his career. I hope he comes back but I wouldn’t blame him if he decides to retire.

  • dalelama

    What a shame!!!