May
04

Mariano: “I’m coming back”

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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.

Categories : Players

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  1. MJ says:

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

    • lightSABR says:

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

  2. PFOJ says:

    MARIANO RIVERA IS IN THE LOCKER ROOM AND MARIANO RIVERA IS COMING BACK. OH MY GOOD…GOODNESS GRACIOUS! OF ALL THE DRAMATIC THINGS! OF ALL THE DRAMATIC THINGS I’VE EVER SEEN, MARIANO RIVERA STANDING IN THE YANKEES LOCKER ROOM ANNOUNCING HE WILL COME BACK. DEREK JETER WITH A BIG SMILE ON HIS FACE, HE KNEW.

  3. DSFC says:

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

  4. UncleArgyle says:

    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.

  5. jjyank says:

    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.

  6. Rey22 says:

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

  7. Peter R says:

    10 game win streak, right now.

  8. mike_h says:

    well this just got interesting

  9. Yankeegirl49 says:

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

  10. RetroRob says:

    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!

  11. jsbrendog says:

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

    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ::throws up hands::

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

  12. gageagainstthemachine says:

    “In Mo We Trust”

  13. mike says:

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

    • jjyank says:

      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!!

    • Steve (different one) says:

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

  14. Mike HC says:

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

    • jjyank says:

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

  15. Gonzo says:

    Day… MADE

  16. flamingo says:

    Best news I’ve had all day.

  17. Monterowasnotdinero says:

    This will be a movie, a book.

    “One Mo time. A legendary story….”

  18. LW says:

    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.

  19. Yank The Frank says:

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

  20. FachoinaNYY says:

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

  21. Betty Lizard says:

    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.

  22. tabbert says:

    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.

  23. Delaware - Ralph says:

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

  24. tabbert says:

    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.

  25. Jack Lopez says:

    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.

  26. pat says:

    Tell the world I;m coming…. HOME.

  27. vin says:

    Earmuffs, children…

    FUCK YEAH!

    Thank you.

  28. CC says:

    Mariano Rivera. Case. Closed.

  29. First Time Poster says:

    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?

  30. Jesse says:

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

  31. DM says:

    Thatta boy. I know you will.

  32. Ro says:

    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 says:

      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.

  33. #28 in 2012 says:

    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!!!!!!!

  34. jjyank says:

    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!

  35. Ton Lon ton says:

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

  36. Dan says:

    That’s the spirit :-)

  37. 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... says:

      + 1.

      To be there: priceless.

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

  38. ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa says:

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

  39. Robinson Tilapia says:

    Woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. Cy Pettitte says:

    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.

  41. Clyde Barrow says:

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

  42. FIPster Doofus says:

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

  43. forensic says:

    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 says:

      Savor the moment, dude. Worry about that later.

    • MannyGeee says:

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

    • Andrew 518 says:

      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.

  44. OMG! Bagels! says:

    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.

  45. CUYanks says:

    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!

  46. Nathan says:

    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).

    Whew.

  47. NRW Yankee says:

    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.

  48. Rek4gehrig says:

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

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