The end of the world as we Mo it

Mariano Rivera's post-game comments
Poll: Replacing Mariano Rivera
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I can’t remember the last time baseball made me feel sad. Maybe it was in September 2008, when the old Yankee Stadium closed. I remember walking out of that place with a pit in my stomach knowing I would never get to go back there again. 1995 sucked, 2001 sucked, and 2004 sucked, but I wasn’t sad. I was angry more than anything. Those were games though, the Yankees played and lost. It happens.

This … this was a freak accident. And that’s sad. It’s sad because I don’t know if I’m ever going to get to see Mariano Rivera pitch again. I’m not ready for this. I wasn’t even ready for him to hint at retirement in Spring Training and now you’re telling me his career could be over? That’s not fair. It’s not supposed to end like this. It’s supposed to end with Rivera throwing the final pitch in the World Series for the sixth time, with him pouring champagne on Derek Jeter and riding the last float down Canyon of Heroes. That’s the send off Rivera was supposed to get, not carried off the field following a freak accident.

After last night’s game, Mo said he wouldn’t change a thing. If he had a chance to do it over again, he still would have been out there shagging fly balls before the game. He’s been doing it his entire professional life and it’s part of what makes him so great. Rivera wasn’t just the greatest relief pitcher the game has ever known, he was the best athlete on the team and if they stuck him in center field, he’s run everything down from gap to gap. He was extraordinary at everything he did, including shagging fly balls.

I’ve been stuck in the fourth stage of The Five Stages of Grief since I went to bed last night. I denied it at first. “He’ll be fine, he was smiling as he was being carted off the field,” I said to myself. Then I was mad. “Why the hell is he shagging fly balls anyway? That’s so stupid and dangerous!” Then I bargained and that stage is always the ugliest because it makes you desperate. “I’ll do anything for him to be okay, please! … Ewww, anything?”

Now I’m just depressed. It can’t end like this. Rivera deserves better, but I know he’s a deeply religious man. This could be a sign that it’s time for him to move onto the next phase of his life. Who knows? I don’t and I don’t think Mo does yet. That’s the worst part, the not knowing. Not knowing what the injury was, not knowing how severe it was, not knowing if he’ll ever play again. Maybe I’ll accept it at some point and complete the five stages, but right now that seems impossible. We all know Rivera was going to leave us eventually, but he wasn’t supposed to be ripped away from us like this.

This is a sad day. A sad day for me, a sad day for the Yankees, a sad day for Mariano, and a sad day for baseball. Yankeeland may never be the same.

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Mariano Rivera's post-game comments
Poll: Replacing Mariano Rivera
  • sodapopinski

    My favorite Yankee.

  • Mike Myers

    The good news is he is being sent to AAA to teach the leftover B’s the perfect cutter.

    /GlassHalfishFull

    • jjyank

      Heh I wish, but from everything I’ve seen about Mo discussing his cutter, he doesn’t even know how he throws it the way he does.

    • JohnC

      Be great if he could teach Betances to throw strikes

  • jjyank

    Mo, you can’t go out like this. I wouldn’t blame him if he did, I know he said “everything happens for a reason” and his religiousness makes me think he might just take this as a sign.

    But as a fan, all I can do right now is hope that Mo feels like he wants to go out on his own terms.

    Here’s a silver lining scenario (disclaimer: and by saying this, I am in no way giving up on the 2012 season):

    Mo is out for 2012. He rehabs, feels good, decides to give it a go for one more year. The 2013 Yankees win the world series while Rivera pitches the best season of his career. Now THAT would actually make the legend of Rivera even better than it already is, no?

    • Cris Pengiucci

      Sometimes teams that are struggling find something to rally around to pick them up. Maybe this is it. Maybe the Yankees go on a run now and don’t stop till they win the WS. This would be appropriate for Mo and it’s what he probably wants more than anything. He can then choose what he wants to do next season on his own terms, whatever that may be.

      I’d love to see him come back next season, but not because he feels he let the team down this year. I’d want to see it because it’s what he wants to do.

      • jjyank

        Very true. One needs only to look to the reigning world series champions. The Cards lost Wainwright before the season even started and were far from being the favorites to make the World Series, let alone win it.

      • http://Facebook Gordon Mitchell

        I concur Cris. Maybe this unfortunate freak injury to the greatest closer in Yankee lore & MLB might be the thing the team rallies behind.
        It happened in ’09, it can happen again.

  • Typical MIT Nerd

    These things happen to old teams. The next one will be from the infield.

    [holding my Shamrock shake, clutching a rabbit foot, with a horseshoe around my neck]

    • jjyank

      I didn’t know milkshakes were lucky.

      Anyway, I don’t think this had anything to do with age. Maybe age will factor into his rehab, but this was just a freak accident that could have just as easily happened to a 25 year old.

      • Typical MIT Nerd

        Imma gonna bet that a 25 year old has less wear and tear on his ACL.

        • jjyank

          Maybe, but you have no way of knowing that the exact same scenario plays out differently if that was Brett Gardner instead. People get injured, it happens. I’m 23 and I threw my back out last summer playing catch with a damn frisbee. Mo has been incredibly durable during his career. You’ve been beating this age drum for awhile now, but I’m just saying this was a freak injury and there’s no proof that it is age related.

        • CP

          That really helped Derek Rose…

          • Typical MIT Nerd

            Rose plays a sport where ACL tears are common in 16 year olds.

            • blooper

              Which would only go to prove that ACL tears have nothing to do with age, and an extraordinary stress does.

            • CP

              That’s not true. Especially in a non-contact situation. They’re both just flukes and were because of the way the player stepped and twisted their knees. It had nothing to do with age.

    • Bacciagaloop

      Hey man, go screw yourself… asshole!

      • Typical MIT Nerd

        Ah, the second stage of grief. You’ll get there. I’m onto acceptance.

        • OldYanksFan

          I’m in the 5th stage, so may I point oyt 2 things:
          1) Correlation does not equal causation.
          2) You ARE an asshole.

        • Deep Thoughts

          Maybe you’re still in denial about the a-hole thing.

    • CP

      Because onl y old players get injured. That would explain why Longoria is out too…

      • Typical MIT Nerd

        Who said that? You would deny that old teams are more likely to get hurt?

        • jjyank

          Sure, they are. What we’re saying is that Rivera’s injury was just a freak thing that could have happened to everyone, while Longo’s injury is something more common among aging vets. So it’s not so black and white.

        • MannyGeee

          I would deny that a 40 YO ACL is more likely to tear than a 25 YO ACL. The human body is funny like that.

          I am pretty sure they dont teach that in MIT, on account of all the engineering and stuff… but in Community Colleges all around the world that have Nurses Asssistants programs, you learn that the human body is funny like that.

    • Slu

      Are you going to post this in every thread?

      • Jim Is Bored

        Yes, yes he will.

  • Chad Gaudin the Friendly Ghost

    Like most Yankee fans, I couldn’t stop thinking about this last night. I have told my friends a lot that it bums me out that my two year old son will probably never get to see Mo pitch and remember it. He is a once in a generation athlete who dominates his sport with humility and class.

    All that said, if you believe in narratives, this season has one written all over it. Two freak injuries (Joba and Mo) strike the strongest part of your team. An aging offense. A deteriorating rotation. This is the kind of thing you will see in some end of season recap and marvel at.

    My deepest hope as a Yankee fan outside of the health and recovery of my favorite player is that the veterans on my favorite team wake up this morning and get some fire. It seemed to me that they were sort of just going through the motions the past couple of weeks. Now they have a pretty damn good reason to go out and start dominating like we believe that they can.

  • rek4gehrig

    Who says it’s ended? He’ll be back for one more year.

  • Dan

    Precisely my thoughts, Mike. Every word of it.

  • Typical MIT Nerd

    Well, at least there’s a spot now for Hughes in the bullpen.

    /Silver lining

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    well said Mike, this is depressing and not so much because the yankees will suffer, but just that what if we never see him pitch again?

    we can only hope that, like Andy, he realizes that sitting at home (while recovering from surgery) sucks compared to playing baseball in front of millions of people, especially given the fact that he is still unbelieveably effective. i know mo isn’t you typical baseball player, but most players would never retire if they could

  • ADam

    Not to sound religious or preachy.. which is certainly not my intention here, but in Mo’s opinion he has always said that God (the one he believes in) will decide when it is time for him to hang it up. I only say this as I believe that’s what Mo truly believes. And as sad and depressing as it is for me to see one of my all time favorite human beings possibly walk away from the game, I’m comforted that his true conviction will decide if he stays or goes, which is rare in athletes these days. I also have immense pride in being a Mariano fan, I’m so happy no one else had him. He was ours, and he will will always be ours, and he will always be the greatest.

    • Typical MIT Nerd

      Honestly, this is exactly where I lept right to acceptance. We had 17 years to appreciate Mo. One day doesn’t change that. It would be a terrible way for him to go, but then he was given to us without much warning too.

      As he says, he couldn’t have chosen a better way. He was doing what he loved. I can’t argue with that outcome.

      • MannyGeee

        sad part is, I feel like I didnt appreciate him enough. we kinda got used to “open door shut door” for our Yankee lives. It was supposed to be business as usual until the fall where we had to say “shit, this might be the end…”

        you guys suck, now I am regressing back to depression.

  • Dick M

    That warning track was not in the best condition. You could see Andrew Jones complaining about it to Granderson on that one play. It was too soft which makes for a tough transition from the grass.

    • ADam

      Maybe so, but he’s also shagged fly balls in places in much much worse conditions.(The Trop, The Kingdome, Shea, Oakland etc) It was a total freak accident

    • Mike

      Maybe Mariano shouldn’t have been wearing sneakers. I hate to pin any kind of blame, but it is incredibly foolish to wear sneakers on the outfield grass, especially in a warm weather place like Kansas where the field is constantly wet down before games so the grass does not burn to ash by May.

  • Bonnie Parker

    The only saving grace is David Robertson and the deep bullpen. When Andy returns Phil Hughes can go down to the pen and assume that 6th and 7th inning role. We saw in the 1st inning last start that Phil can still get it up to 95 mph. If he’s only pitching one or two innings he might be able to get back to 09-early 10 form. Mo can take him under his wing.

  • Kronk

    I’ve been stuck in the anger stage, but instead of being mad at Mariano, I’m mad at Jayson Nix for hitting that ill fated fly ball. He is now officially my most hated Yankee. Looks like you’re now off the hook, Sidney Ponson.

    • MannyGeee

      well played. Fck you Jayson Nix… hit a ball to the warning track when it matters, dick…

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Clay_Bellinger Clay Bellinger

      This. They shoulda just brought Pena up, who has no ability to hit a ball that far whatsoever.

  • Mike

    Very well put, Mike. No lie, that second paragraph gave me chills. All we can do is hope that this isn’t the end because it sure as hell isn’t the end he deserves.

  • DSFC

    Whatever happens with the team as this season progresses, I’m not going to enjoy a baseball game for a while.

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      I will still enjoy them if they win, like always. what i won’t enjoy is that every time the yankess have save situation in the 9th inning, kay will go on and on about how this is mo’s spot, blah blah blah. i hope they win all games by at least 4 runs, however scoring 4 runs has not been easy lately

  • Ghost of Kim Jones

    First, “shagging fly balls is part of what made him great”? umm..no…it wasn’t.

    Second, Yankee land MAY never be the same? No, Yankee land just had the biggest natural disaster ever. It was wiped off the face of the earth by a Tsunami. It won’t be the same again. They will move on, we will continue to cheer and live on every pitch…but this certainly is the biggest change to the team in a loooong time.

    • Typical MIT Nerd

      Wow, you really are arguing just to argue.

      I agree with Mike. A guy who loves shagging balls simply loves the sport. He would have found a way to be productive with a modicum of talent. Contrast tat with Burnett or Hughes, guys who clearly hate their job.

      • jjyank

        I agreed until that last sentence. Burnett and Hughes clearly hate their job? Wow. Struggling =/= disdain or lack of desire.

      • Jim Is Bored

        Was that last line sarcasm? Wasn’t Burnett at the head of the pie-ing movement?

        If sarcasm, went over my head.

    • jjyank

      I think it is part of what made him great. Rivera loved baseball. He loved it so much that pitching 3 times a week wasn’t enough for him, he wanted to be out there with his teammates running down fly balls even though he had no obligation to do so. It’s an example of why he was such a great teammate and leader.

  • Cam

    Exactly how I’m feeling. I’ve never been sad about a player getting hurt before. Disappointed, but not sad. But definitely feeling sad about this one.

  • Erica

    Mike, you summed up my feelings – exactly. The footage of Mariano going down is haunting – as is Alex’s reaction. To see someone like Mo, who is so much larger than life, look so small as he was lifted on to that cart is sobering.

    I, like the rest of you, am hoping for the best and that he recovers and takes the pitching mound by storm in 2013. And, like the rest of you, I cried watching Mo’s interview last night. It’s tough. I grew up watching him. I relished each time I heard “Enter Sandman” boom over the P.A. at Yankee Stadium, feeling that rush and anticipation of the obvious win.

    Last name “Ever,” first name “Greatest” – we’ll see you soon, Mo.

    • jjyank

      Like a torn ACL, I ain’t nothin’ to play with!

      Too soon?

      • Erica

        If this is a wayward Wu-Tang Clan reference, I am ALL about it.

        • MannyGeee

          close… but about a deacde off.

          • Erica

            Give a 25-year-old gal some hints, please!

        • jjyank

          Sorry, it was Drake. I actually don’t even like Drake, but that song Forever is saved because Eminem’s verse at the end is sick.

          • Erica

            Oh, Drake.

            Oh, Degrassi.

  • the Other Steve S.

    Wondering about Andy now. Did he really come back to finish with Mo? Will he still come back? Maybe try next year if Mo comes back?

    • MannyGeee

      Pettitte’s decision is not relevant to Mo’s situation, I would not think. Goddam it better not be.

      • jjyank

        I think it might have played some role in Pettitte deciding to come back in the first place, but there’s no way that he backs out now.

  • Chris

    This is not the time to nitpick, but Wetteland threw the last pitch of the first of these WS titles, Mo the other 4 so the next would be his 5th.
    But more importantly, well said. I have felt a pit in my stomach since last night. I am hoping I can see him pitch live even just one more time.

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

      2001

      • CP

        I have no recollection of any World Series being played that year. Or 2004. Or 2007.

      • Chris

        You got me Mike!
        I totally blocked that one out of my memory. In fact, my remote hit off before that ball ever hit the ground…

  • Chris

    I still can’t accept the fact we won’t hear Enter Sandman this year at Yankee Stadium.

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      hopefully we will, last game of the year, he runs out to enter sandman and announces he is coming back for 2013. take that to the bank

      • vin

        As great as that would be, Mo isn’t exactly one for showmanship. I’m remaining cautiously optimistic that he sticks around the team this year, and sees how much fun Andy is having by being back in the game. Hopefully Mo will pull a Jamie Moyer and pitch until he’s fifty, but I doubt it.

      • Cris Pengiucci

        +1.

      • Erica

        I like this answer! Yes!

      • Delaware – Ralph

        OH MY GOODNESS GRACIOUS! OF ALL THE DRAMATIC THINGS! MARIANO RIVERA HAS RUN OUT OF THE BULLPEN AND HE COMING BACK!

      • herby

        I’m not sure about a full season return…but I could see a second half return so he could go out on his own terms but give him a chance to fully recover, and not have to commit to a full season.

  • Vic

    Well said, Mike. It’s not a question of wins and losses, but of the joy of watching him play.

  • Peter North

    I really want to believe that he’ll be back next year because he wants to go out on his own terms. I also really want to believe that I’m not in the denial stage.

  • OMG! Bagels!

    I am grateful I got to see him as long as I did. I’m glad he was a Yankee home grown. I’m glad he brought such class to the game and even people who hate the Evil Empire liked Mo (though some fans of other teams are downright gleeful about this and they suck).

    I can’t ever think badly about Mo. I felt for him at the end of WS 2001 even though I might have wanted to pummel another pitcher.

    Hopefully if he sees this as a sign to retire, he rehabs quicker than expected and sees THAT as a sign.

    My issue right now is with the rest of the team except CC, Kuroda, Jeter, and maybe Granderson (Gardner and Swish don’t count). Step up to the plate you morons. Seriously.

    • OMG! Bagels!

      * and D-Rob of course who is great and is going to have to fill some size 42 shoes. We gotta support that guy.

  • jsbrendog

    I’m sad I won’t get to see him pitch again
    I’m disappointed i won’t get to see his last regular season save against the red sox at the final 3 games of the season and get to stand on my feet with ~45,000 other people chanting MA-RI-ANNNO one last time as he tips his cap and rides off into the sunset.

    I’m happy i’m a yankee fan and got to see his entire career from failed starting attempts to horrendous knee injury.
    I’m glad I went to the Tigers game last friday and got to see his final win.
    I’m happy I got a picture of him running to the mound to enter sandman one last time in his second to last game.

    this is seriously ruining my day. i keep sighing, and hanging my head. this genuinely sucks.

    eternal optimist:

    6-8 months….
    if he has JOba like recovery he coule pitch in the world series?!!?!

  • Duh Innings

    There are alot of younger Yankee fans out there who know only of 1997 on i.e. Mo as the closer Yankees, some with vague or hazy memories of 1995-96, so I’m here to tell them all this:

    Steve Farr, closer by committee, and Wetteland.

    Steve Farr was the Yankees closer from 1991 to 1993. He was 2.16 ERA and 1.56 ERA solid in 1991 and 1992 respectively then 4.21 ERA bad in 1993 when the Yanks still managed to win 88 games and have their first winning season in five years. ‘Funny how he was at his best when the Yanks were at their worst and he was his worst when the Yanks were at their best. I think his 1991-92 was especially impressive because the Yanks won only 147 games in those years (71 in 1991 and 76 in 1992), so Farr HAD to be good closing games as the Yanks didn’t have alot of games to close.

    The 1994 Yankees had a closer by committee as follows:

    Steve Howe – 15 saves
    Bob Wickman and Xavier Hernandez – 6 saves apiece
    Sterling Hitchcock and an old, at the end of his career Jeff Reardon – 2 saves apiece

    This team finished first albeit in a strike-shortened season.

    In 1995 the Yankees made the postseason for the first time since 1981 with Mo as a starter / not a reliever and John Wetteland as the closer, while in 1996 the Yankees appeared in their first World Series since 1981 and won their first World Series since 1978 with Wetteland as the closer who closed ALL FOUR World Series wins vs. the Braves for the World Series MVP award. Yes, Mo was the super/uber/monster bridge to “Wette”, but they don’t win it all without Wetteland and his bleached from sweat baseball cap either.

    So, recent history, as late as 1991, shows that the Yanks can win and have varying degrees of success with other closers (strike 1991-92 from this success of course.)

    Personally, I think Robertson could be every bit as good as Wetteland if not better and Soriano has shown he has the stuff to close. I will NOT evoke D-Rob and Sori in the same sentence as Mo save this one. I would be all for Hughes moving to the bullpen to take on the 7th or maybe even 8th inning man role depending on how well Soriano pitches. Hughes may have go there with Pettitte arriving soon and considering Phelps while good so far (even in his first MLB start where he struck out 5 and walked no one but just threw too many pitches) is probably too inexperienced for the 7th inning role. He’s definitely not pitching in the 8th unless the Yanks are trailing, assuming he went back to the bullpen. David Aardsma who costs the Yanks a measly peanuts $500K this year is rehabbing and could join the Yanks as a total low-risk high-reward guy. He has closer experience, too: 38 saves in 2009 and 31 saves in 2010. Yes, I know he didn’t pitch last year, but Bartolo Colon didn’t pitch in 2010 and most of 2009 and look at what he’s done since last year. Aardsma isn’t a kid anymore but he is alot younger than Colon.

    If Mo wants to then can come back I think the best thing for him to do is to come back August 30, 2013 even if he’s ready to join the team earlier, be put on the postseason roster the next day, and pitch as much as he can in September but not too much. I think it’d be great if he had a 10-game season which could serve as a tuneup for him in the 2013 postseason. If he can’t make it to the postseason, the Yanks replace him on the postseason roster and maybe he retires after 2013, throws the first pitch at Yankee Stadium in 2014, and has his number retired August 2015 (20th anniversary of his first year in MLB.)

    Don’t take this the wrong way, but I’m glad this happened after he broke the all-time saves record in that it would’ve been even sadder had this happened and he was tied with Trevor Hoffman or worse, a save short of Hoffman. If Mo retires after this horrific event, at least he retires the all-time saves leader in the regular season and postseason.

    One last thing, to lighten the mood although I’m serious about it:

    Let me be the first one to call for a best closer award called the Mariano Rivera Award after Mo officially retires. They could call it “The Mo” haha.

    GET WELL MO AND HERE’S TO YOU COMING BACK NO LATER THAN 8/30/13 AND COMING BACK PERIOD EVEN IF IT’S JUST FOR ONE LAST INNING!!!

    • jjyank

      I actually really like the idea of an award for closers. I know many of us here scoff at the save statistic and conventional bullpen wisdom in baseball today, but I doubt those things are going away any time soon. Since relievers are so unlikely to be seriously considered for a Cy Young award, why the hell not? And after Mo has officially retired (after he gets the last out of the 2013 world series, of course), they can name it after him.

      • MannyGeee

        it wouldn’t work.. Assholes like Papelbon and Valverde would win and tarnish the thought of it.

        makes me sick to my stomach to even think of Brian Wilson using his Mo Award as a prop on a Taco Bell Commercial

        • jjyank

          Why not? Do assholes not win Cy Youngs? I think a Mo Award would be an awesome way to carry on his legacy for generations. Kids 20 years from now would inherently know who Mo is and why he was so great.

      • the Other Steve S.

        Did they get rid of the Fireman of the Year Award?

  • steve s

    Without having read every comment on Mo over the last 12 hours or so (so excuse me if these things were already brought up) there are 2 baseball experiences that came to my mind in trying to deal emotionally with what happened to Mo last night:

    1) Munson’s Plane Crash: I could only wish Thurman’s career had come to a premature end with Thurman being helped off the field with a smile on his face. The shock and grief of those days in early Aug., 1979 really are not on the same level as to what happened to Mo who, for all we know, may just try to come back from this injury and pitch again.

    2) Willie Mays Stumbling: If Mo never pitches again our memories of him are set in gold; he went out still at the top of the game. Seeing Mo leave (as Willie did) as a shell of his former self would be way worse to me than seeing him carried off the field last night.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Clay_Bellinger Clay Bellinger

      I agree with #1. That, of course, is a much worse scenario. I’d rather see #2 than this though. At that point, you at least know that there’s nothing left and they’ve gotten every drop out of their careers.

  • Athenian

    This totally sucks. This could be the final straw on the 2012 season. There will not be another pitcher who is as effective and can dominate, especially with one pitch, as Mo Rivera. Truly sad.

    But as in life, the bad things always happen to the really good people while the bad people continue to thrive.

  • Avi

    Is it bad that I suddenly don’t care as much about the team’s success this year? Not that I don’t want them to do well or anything like that, but it’s just that the only thing I can think about right now and the only thing I care about is Rivera and if he’ll ever pitch again. This can’t be it for him, he needs to go out on his terms and he needs a proper send off. I can’t come to terms with the fact that he’ll never throw a never pitch…

    • blooper

      Didn’t you write this on April 26th?

      I’m not a baseball fan till Cashman is out of a job. Bye guys.

  • Athenian

    In a weird way, perhaps this will be the lightening strike that forces this group to finally pull their heads out and dominate as they should have been doing all along.

    • Erica

      Those are my thoughts. Like, maybe they’ll just tell each other to get it together for Mo or whatever can motivate them.

  • Mike Myers

    Maybe they will let raffy close and he will get 25 saves and opt out.

    /more glasshaffull

    • MannyGeee

      actually, this is almost feasible. then it could be back to the way it was.. HuRoJo (no mo’MO)

    • Cris Pengiucci

      Yes, I’d like to see that too.

    • jjyank

      No damn it, I have D-Rob on my fantasy team, if I have to deal with losing Mo as a fan, I at least want some saves as a fantasy owner!!

  • Mister D

    Well put, Mike. An elbow or shoulder or anything “normal” would have been so much easier to handle. This is just so stupid and fluky and now we have to listen to stupid people who don’t understand flukes talk about how he shouldn’t have been in the OF. The same people who, if he’d fallen down the steps and tore his ACL during BP, would have screamed that Mariano should have been shagging flies with the rest of the pitchers.

    • jjyank

      I disagree with your first point. As much as it sucks that this injury was so flukey, I’m glad its his knee and not arm related. If a 42 year old’s shoulder blew it, that would pretty much be the end. But Rivera can come back from a torn ACL if he wants.

  • Pounder

    Go out on top Mo.Strange how the events leading up to this played out.Chavez gets dinged and Nix comes up and is the batter who hit the seemingly innocent fly ball that struck down Mo.The curse of Jason Nix.If you know who was still around he would fire the batting pratice pitcher,and Nix would be relegated to the hinterlands.Phil Hughes,come on down.

  • Frank

    The way the team has been playing, they won’t even miss beat with Rivera out.

    • Monterowasnotdinero

      Enjoyed this comment. Is there a way we can go from lifeless to dead? Doesn’t seem possible. I think it will motivate us. We need to get Gardy and Swish back, stick with Phelps as a starter and hope that Andy provides. We are not dead yet. I am confident that DRob and Soriano will rise to the occasion.

    • handtius

      someone had to be a dick on this extremely heartfelt article…good job frank.

  • Bartolo’s Colon

    next time i hear enter sandman, i may start crying

  • Luisergi

    Just to share, because i have to, nobody here (where i live) is gonna listen;

    I’m 23 years old and living in Madrid and Mexico city (3 months and three months at a time in each city. I’m not from Spain, i’m mexican it is because of my job)
    Been a yankee fan since i can remember, i watch every game i can, and check this page at least 3 times a day. I grew up with the late 90’s dinasty, of course Jeter is my absloute idol, but obviously i love Mo.

    I’ve never been to a game… i bet i’m the biggest (or top ten at least) fan that has never been to a game at the stadium.

    Mike Mussina is my all time favorite pitcher, and i was (am) mad at the fact that i could never watch him pitch live…Never watched; Bernie, Andy, Tino, Paul O’Neil, Giambi, Posada, etc, etc… And i was kind of okay with that.

    I almost cried when i realized that i was never going to attend a game at the old stadium, the place that built my dreams as a kid, but i didn’t.

    But then…

    Back in march i got the feeling that this was going to be Mo’s last season, and i said to myself; “I HAVE GOT TO GO TO ONE GAME, IN NY, AND WATCH MO PITCH, IF I HAVE TO BUY TICKETS FOR A COMPLETE SERIES I WILL BUT I HAVE TO WATCH THE GUY SAVE A GAME FOR THE YANKEES”

    Now i have plane tickets for september, Madrid-NY… When i got the news yesterday i almost destroy my reservation number.
    Today, thinking about it, i better go and watch “at least” Jeter before he runs down a flyball, or something, and ends his career.

    Sincerely.
    A crushed Fan.

    • AndrewYF

      “Today, thinking about it, i better go and watch “at least” Jeter before he runs down a flyball, or something, and ends his career.”

      I don’t know why, but this made me laugh.

      • jmac

        Now batting….. numba two….. Derek “At Least” Jeter…

    • Bartolo’s Colon

      I feel bad for you. it was great seeing mo run out. don’t cancel your reservation, go and enjoy the games, you won’t be sorry. and hope to hell that mo comes back next year.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Clay_Bellinger Clay Bellinger

      This is actually pretty sad. I feel for you though. I’d say that you should definitely still go and check out a few games. See Jeter play and maybe you’ll even get lucky and catch a Pettitte start.

  • paul a

    Who ever thought a year later that the signing of Rafeal Soriano would become a enormus huge move by the Yankees

  • AndrewYF

    Injuries, especially (potential) season-enders, are always saddening. I was really sad when Matsui broke his wrist. Same when Wang broke his ankle.

    Mo is a different kind of sadness. It’s not a sadness that makes you feel sad for the future, like that injury to Wang, or Michael Pineda needing TJ surgery, because we all knew Mo was gone after this year anyway. The sadness comes from knowing that we saw the man pitch his last pitch on April 30th, and no one thought that would be his last pitch. It feels like a bunch of missed opportunities, a chance to relish the moment of his One Last Pitch, even though I, at least, have experienced more amazing moments from Rivera than perhaps any player I’ve ever seen.

  • Jim Cavanaugh

    Just seeing this all develop last night was really creepy … felt like a Final Destination Movie. Chavez slides into a base and maybe gets a concussion which he doesn’t feel until an at-bat a bit later. He has to check himself out in the middle of the at bat. The Yankees call Jayson Nix up. Before Nix even plays a game he hits a deep fly during batting practice that the nearly invincible Mariano gets sort of turned around on, and he tears his ACL and meniscus. If it didn’t happen no one would probably believe this.

    Coming from a hardcore Knicks & Yankees fan, this wraps up one of the most depressing & confusing weeks ever. It started ironically, with Iman Shumpert tearing an ACL in a non-contact situation. Then Amare decides to fight an fire extinguisher case and loses that battle. Finally after the Knicks go down 0-3 and it can’t seem to get any worse, Mariano goes down for the season and maybe his career. The final kick in the sack and the hardest one to accept without question.

    Like many of you, my greedy sports fan side wants to see Mariano exit the game off of a pitching mound, prefferably in a memorable setting that we can all recall in a fond manner. Part of the reason i insisted to a friend we get to Opening Day this year, because we strongly felt it would be Mariano’s final one. But if Mariano feels enough is enough he gets all the respect in the world, he gave it everything he had. Whatever Mo decides in the end, there’s no question how baseball views him and where he stands in the history books and amongst Yankee fans.

    • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

      Let’s go Rangers! :/

  • Jim Is Bored

    As with everyone else, it’s the suddenness that gets me. I wanted a solemn farewell in front of 50k screaming fans, I wanted to have time to prepare for the end.

    Rivera, more than anyone else save maybe Jeter, has been the Yankees to me since I’ve been conscious enough to follow baseball. All things come to an end, but this one’s gonna be tougher to get through than most other endings.

    Baseball’s going to feel different for the next few months.

    • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

      This feels eerily like the last episode of the Sopranos. We all *knew* it was the last episode, but the way it finally ended ….

      Ugh.

  • Suzan

    OH GOOD GOD JOHN! IN GEORGES BOX! ITS MARIANO RIVERA! HE IS GOING TO COME BACK! OH JOHN OOOOOH JOHN

    • sabathiasgut

      now thats funny

  • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

    Why couldn’t the ‘sign for him to move on’ have been an accidental slip in a puddle of post-World Series champagne in the locker room…?

  • gucci

    what a depressing last 2 weeks in Yankee land

    wonder whats coming next

  • handtius

    i think this is the saddest post i’ve ever read on rab. i’ve seen mo since the beginning as a starter. i feel privileged to have all that time as a fan. good luck to mo. my greedy side wants him back next year, but i trust mo will do what he thinks is right for him and his family. it was a pleasure mo, and i hope this isn’t the end.

  • Jeter Meter

    I have a feeling that Mo’s kids won’t let him end his career like this. They will probably be chirping in his ear during rehab that he must come back next year.

    • Ro

      I was just going to write something similar. While Mo is a deeply religious man, and perhaps he does look at is as “this is a sign,” I don’t think he is done. I do think he intended on retiring this offseason, but perhaps now that he will have ample time to catch up with his family over the coming months, part of me thinks that he will give it one more go next year. I don’t know, but much of me inside, having watching him all these years and seen the type of person he is, believes he plays another year now. He doesn’t have anything left to prove or win, so I just think it will be based on principal and the team. Having Jeter suit up next year now means a lot more than we previously thought. For example, say this was Jeter’s last year, then perhaps I’d be even more worried.

  • Mberk15

    You’re welcome for the headline.

  • YankeeDave

    Yes I agree with everyone that this is a dark day in Yankee history, we can all just hope and pray that we have not seen the last of Mo.

    I got a strange deja vu about this last night. Any other long-time Knick fans remember March 23, 1985? Bernard King, one of the best players ever, tore his right ACL and essentially ended the his career in … Kansas F*K*N City! (the Kings used to play there before moving to Scaramento). Bernard did come back to play several more seasons, but was never nearly the same player.

    Get better Mo.

  • Fernando

    To answer Mike’s first sentence “I can’t remember the last time baseball made me feel sad.”

    For me it was 2001, watching the cheap little looper drop in over the drawn in infield. I had been elated, like the rest of NY, to see the team show it’s resilency. Two huge comebacks when everything seemed bleak was a great message in light of the Sept 11 attacks. That team got the city smiling and cheering again, but it was so sad to not end it with a title and a parade. Yet the team bounced back and won again.

    I hope Mo can bounce back and win again.

    I so hope that Girardi makes Mo bring out the lineup card tonight. The fans will surely rock the building with a huge ovation for Mo. He’s down and dejected right now, but showing him that love will surely make him feel as good as he’s made us feel all those years. C’mon fans, let’s lift us Mo’s spirits.

  • bkight13

    At least Mo went out with a Save against Baltimore, if that was his last game. I still believe he will somehow make another appearance on the mound in the Bronx.