Mariano: “I’m coming back”

The RAB Radio Show: May 4th, 2012
Update: Yankees recall Wise and Eppley, option Mitchell

Finally, some good news for a change. After tearing his right ACL shagging fly balls prior to last night’s game, Mariano Rivera showed up to the park today and told reporters that he will indeed return to the Yankees in 2013. The circumstances are unfortunate, but this is the best news the team has gotten in quite some time.

The RAB Radio Show: May 4th, 2012
Update: Yankees recall Wise and Eppley, option Mitchell
  • MJ

    Not often a commenter but this made my day. God I love that guy.

    • lightSABR

      Amen. Here’s to 42 back in pinstripes as soon as possible, for as long as he’s still got it in him.

  • PFOJ


    • mike


    • sangreal


    • jjyank

      Haha thanks, I needed a good laugh.

    • Dan

      Haha, that’s terrific.

    • Rainbow connection

      I hope this turns out better than that debacle. How embarrassing.

  • DSFC

    It couldn’t be any other way. Legends don’t go out by slipping on the warning track.

  • UncleArgyle

    In the words of Mickey from the original Rocky “Stay Down! Stay Down!” I love Rivera, but I don’t want to see him embarrass himself trying to come back with one knee. Maybe this is gods way of saying its time to hang up the spikes.

    • Adam

      Really? Do you really think he is going to come back and embarrass himself?

      • Raul ibombez

        Don’t feed the troll, polly pissypants up there wants a reaction. Sorry princess 42 is coming back and will be a stud.

        • Rainbow connection

          Why is that trolling?

    • MJ

      I guess that’s why I don’t comment too often. Jesus Christ, only a grinch would take this news and squirt piss and vinegar all over it.

      • jjyank

        Although vocal, commenters like this are in the minority. Except maybe in game threads when the Yankees are losing.

    • jsbrendog

      boo this man.

      • Mike HC


    • Mike Axisa

      Even if he doesn’t perform like we expect last year, it won’t make us think any less of him.

    • Dale Mohorcic

      As I recall, Rocky always won in the end of those movies. Soooo. . . . .

      • OMG! Bagels!

        He lost in the first one but won AAAAADDDDRRRRRIIIIANNNNN.

    • MannyGeee

      You realize that MO at 75% is still better than most other closers of the past 15 years, right? You want mo at 75% or 100% of Marmol/Papelbon/Valvarde?

      Jus sayin

  • jjyank

    Awesome, awesome news. Mo is my favorite pitcher of all time, I want nothing more than for him to go out on top, on his own terms, and ride into the sunset. Such an amazing career simply cannot end with such a freak accident. Get well soon Mariano! Nobody takes the Sandman out of the game except himself.

  • Rey22

    Turned my entire day around. So glad to read this.

  • Peter R

    10 game win streak, right now.

  • mike_h

    well this just got interesting

  • Yankeegirl49

    There was no way he would allow our last memory to be of him being crated off in KC.

  • RetroRob

    If you told me 24 hours ago that Rivera would be lost for the season, I would consider it horrific news. Now all of a sudden it somehow seems like I’ve just heard good news!

  • jsbrendog

    i think i’m saying what everyone is thinking (except ol grumpy uncleargyle) when i say:


    ::throws up hands::

    YES! YES! YES!
    YES! YES! YES!

  • gageagainstthemachine

    “In Mo We Trust”

  • mike

    so much for austerity – say goodbye to $189, and hello to Cole Hammels :)

    • jjyank

      One “M” damn it. You’re making Jason Hammel into a better pitcher by confusing the two!!

      If we’re not careful, Hammel will keep getting better and we’ll sign Hamels and he’ll perform like the older version of Hammel!!

      • MannyGeee

        I think Jason Hammels would only get us up to $190M… But still

    • Steve (different one)

      While I would love Hamels, next year is only 2013…austerity plan is 2014. Nothing has changed.

  • Mike HC

    Great news! Plus, does anyone doubt that Mo could probably still get guys out with one leg.

    • jjyank

      Psshh the Sandman can get people out with one leg, blindfolded, with both hands tied around his back.

  • Gonzo

    Day… MADE

  • flamingo

    Best news I’ve had all day.

  • Monterowasnotdinero

    This will be a movie, a book.

    “One Mo time. A legendary story….”

  • LW

    The guy pitches 1 inning every 3rd game. Really? The next 100+ games will be instructive — the bullpen by committee will be just fine. Rivera is a great player and Yankee — and a HOFer — but $16 mn per year is insane.

    • Monterowasnotdinero

      No more insane than every other contract.

      That Pujols and ARod check every month?

    • jjyank

      Rivera is more than a closer. A 1/$16 deal is fine, he deserves it.

    • Steve (different one)

      Why would he get a raise after sitting out a year? He won’t.

  • Yank The Frank

    So now with a new leg, an arm well rested, he’s good for at least another 5 years.

    • jjyank

      Rivera will be the next Satchel Paige. Book it.

    • FachoinaNYY

      It will be interesting to see if the time off, followed by intense rehab will revitalize him. At least thats what I will be hoping for.

    • MannyGeee

      Jamie Moyer just got a lightbulb over his head

  • FachoinaNYY

    Such a weird emotion hearing this after “losing” him last night. Awesome news obviously, just a weird time in Yankeeland.

  • Betty Lizard

    Aw, jeez. I had myself in a place of stoical equanimity about Mariano and then I read this and I teared up! Heartstrings–tugged and broken!

    Any way, good luck to the Yankees in Kansas City tonight. The mettle, it shall be tested.

  • tabbert

    I bet the rangers would have been happy to pay 16 million to have MO on their team last October. See, that’s where the money is earned. Post Season Performance. MO is worth just about any figure you could come up with just to have on your Playoff Roster.

  • Delaware – Ralph

    I couldn’t be any happier. Kinda weird that we know more about next year now the Mo got hurt.

  • tabbert

    Mariano Rivera is more than just a great Yankee. We look at former players like Ruth, Gehrig, Mays, Cobb, As baseball Legends/ Icons. Fifty years from now, Mariano will be looked at the exact same. This guy will go down as one of the most iconic players to ever play the game. It’s the freaking Sandman,Ice Veins, Greatest Closer, One of the Greatest Pitchers,Most Clutch player the game has ever seen. There is no one to compare MO to. He stands alone. As a fan of the game, i am thrilled to know that i will get to watch one of the greatest baseball players to ever live play again.

  • Jack Lopez

    God Bless you Mo and a speedy recovery. No one should go out on those terms. I’m ecstatic to hear that you feel the same way. You’ll always be a champion in the heart of baseball fans and Yankee fans in particular.This is one more way that you’re showing everyone what is inside the heart of a gladiator.

  • pat

    Tell the world I;m coming…. HOME.

  • vin

    Earmuffs, children…


    Thank you.

  • CC

    Mariano Rivera. Case. Closed.

  • First Time Poster

    Mo coming back next year and teaching the league a lesson in whiffing after this will only add to the legend that is the entity of Rivera. Imagine if by some miracle he came back for the series and closed down game 7?

    • #28 in 2012

      That would beat Jeter’s 5-5 3k hit game, which is pretty hard to compete with.

  • Jesse

    Hooray for some great news! Now hopefully the Yanks can cap it off tonight with a win.

  • DM

    Thatta boy. I know you will.

  • Ro

    Also, it might be worth pointing out that technically he doesn’t have a contract with the Yanks for next season. I’m going to assume?? that the Yankees do in fact extend an offer to Mo? Right? Weird, just thought of this. How’s this going to work. Should Cashman just sign him now or what? Mike, any thoughts?

    • jjyank

      I’m sure they’ll sign him in the early offseason, once they confirm his rehab is going well. If they were willing to offer Andy Pettitte upwards of $10 million to come back (initially), then they’ll have no problem giving Rivera the contract he deserves to come back in 2013.

  • #28 in 2012

    With CC on the mount and Mo ensuring us of his return, this maybe the pivotal point in the early season.

    If he aint god, he is the closest one.
    Get well MO!!!!!!!

  • jjyank

    Via Chad Jennings:

    “Rivera is not sure he can pitch again this season, but he repeated that ‘miracles happen.’ Ultimately, he’s ready to pitch next season, and he won’t pitch for anyone but the Yankees.

    ‘Oh yeah,’ he said. ‘They will want the old goat.'”

    I laughed, and I’m glad Rivera is determined and in good spirits. Here’s to a speedy recovery for Mo!

  • http://none Ton Lon ton

    Next season with mariano Pineda and hamels we are looking at 116 wins ….,,,,,,if the middle of the order ever hits

    • #28 in 2012

      Who needs hitting when you dont allow any runs!

    • RetroRob

      Yes, Mariano, Pineda and this Coal Hammell guy.

  • Dan

    That’s the spirit :-)

  • The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    The first time Enter Sandman comes on and Mo runs through that door YS3 is going to be INSANE. ‘Hold on to the roof’ insane.

    • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

      + 1.

      To be there: priceless.

      Way to go you old goat – never in doubt!!

  • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

    Considering everything MO says is pretty much law, I believe it.

  • Robinson Tilapia


  • Cy Pettitte

    this is why I love Mo.

    Now we just just need Andy to have a good year so may he comes back for 2013 too.

    • Cy Pettitte

      maybe he comes back*

  • Clyde Barrow

    I had a feeling he wouldn’t want to go out like this. Great news.

  • FIPster Doofus

    He’ll come back and he’ll dominate. It’s what he does. Love you, Mo.

  • forensic

    It’s cool that he’s coming back. But, expectations need to be tempered a bit. It is a 43 year old coming back off a serious injury to the knee of his push-off leg.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Savor the moment, dude. Worry about that later.

    • MannyGeee

      Again… 3/4 of MO over a Healthy anyone else any day of the week, son. Not even 1/2 joking.

    • Andrew 518

      ACL is a pretty serious injury but at the same time it is also a very routine surgery. Just about everyone I know has had this done and they all come back as strong as before. With 11 months to rehab as long as his arm stays in shape, I have no real concerns with his knee from here on out.

  • OMG! Bagels!

    I’m so happy he’ll be back next year but will be secretly hoping for a playoff return. And a surprise one at that.

    “Warming in the bullpen, number 42…” YSIII loses it.

  • CUYanks

    He earned his sabbatical. If somehow this made him change his mind about retirement, realize if he plays even a full season next year (and who knows, maybe more), then we actually got MORE MO out of this!

  • Nathan

    Emotional rollercoaster: woke up from a nap Thursday to see Mo injuried (down), saw a twitter update that it’s just a twisted knee (up), saw the update that it’s an ACL and gone for the year (down), saw the interview where he wasn’t sure about next year (super down), saw the tweets that Mo is back for next year (super up).


  • NRW Yankee

    Just got up to hear the news that Mo won´t end it like this. (Sorry, different time zone ;-))
    Since my whole friday was ruined by the news of Mo´s injury this turn of event was just what I needed after yesterday.

    I agree: A legend like this can´t go out like this!

    In my opinion, there is no chance that he could ruin his legacy with a bad comeback. If he finds out on spring training that the knee is not holding or that the cutter is not there or whatever I don´t think that he would force it. If he comes back it will be in shape, and then he will be the huge 9th-inning advantage over all other MLB-Teams.

  • Rek4gehrig

    Aha. All that doom and gloom for nothing. I was so sure he wasn’t done