Girardi says he’s “absolutely” considering letting Rivera play center field

Update: Yankees haven't given A-Rod permission to skip Astros series
Ticket prices for Mariano Rivera's final home game dropping

This afternoon, Joe Girardi told reporters the Yankees are “absolutely” kicking around the idea of letting Mariano Rivera play an inning in center field before the end of the season. It won’t happen tonight, during the team’s final home game, because the game is meaningful to the Rays and they want to respect the pennant race. Something like that. If it does happen, it’ll be in Houston this weekend. Rivera would likely play center in the eighth and pitch in the ninth. I really hope this happens. Would make the entire season worth it.

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  • WhittakerWalt

    If he records an outfield assist I would be able to die happy.

    • I’m a looser baby so why don’t you kill me?

      Perspective people!

      (I hear you)

  • hogsmog

    Out of instinct he throws a cutter to Cano on a relay and takes out his kneecap, a fitting end to the 2013 season.

    But seriously this is the coolest. I hope he gets to shag a fly.

    • I’m a looser baby so why don’t you kill me?

      The ought to knock his asking price down to $290 million.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    During the Houston series, Girardi will also allow:

    1) Me to try out at third for an inning
    2) MannyGeee to play first
    3) Eddard to manage for an inning
    4) forensic to act at Phil Hughes’s personal catcher for a game

    In all seriousness, Joe’s explanation for why not tonight makes complete sense.

    • vicki

      number 4 is fightin’ words.

      • forensic

        At least I wouldn’t have to worry about actually needing to catch a pitch.

        Poor Mo would have to spend the next few weeks getting over his whiplash though.

        • vicki

          i was reacting to the innuendo.

          “personal catcher”

          • forensic

            Now that’s just disturbing.

            • vicki

              it’s just one game.

              • forensic

                At least he never goes too deep into the game…

                I’m gonna go throw up now.

                • I’m a looser baby so why don’t you kill me?

                  And there’s all that movement on the cutter . . .

    • I’m One

      Eddard managing would make the trip to Houston worth the cost.

      • WhittakerWalt

        Spots 1-9 in the batting order would be Eduardo Nunez.

  • bobby two-knives

    Sorry, but if it’s for “the fans” – as Mariano was quoted last night – as well as for Mariano, then it has to be in Yankee Stadium. No questions. Screw that it’s a meaningful game for the Rays. Didn’t we help them enough last year?

    • vicki

      it’s not beer league softball, guy. the rays haven’t clinched a berth, let alone home field, which will be huge in a one-game play-in.

      tell the billion dollar rangers and indians it’s for the fans.

      • TCMiller30

        Ask yourself honestly.. Is playing at home really an advantage for the Rays? Haha

    • I’m a looser baby so why don’t you kill me?

      I’d say we’ve helped the plenty *this* year. I want to beat them so fucking bad.

  • Nathan

    What is one part of an inning of Mo, a future HOFer, playing CF that would disrespect the game?

    If anyone has a free pass to do something questionable, it’s Mo.

    • forensic

      He’s a future HOFer as a pitcher, not as a CFer. Want to do something? Then let him start the game and go a couple of innings, like he did when he first came up.

      • I’m a looser baby so why don’t you kill me?

        Ooh. Me likey.

        • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

          he throws the first, plays CF for 2 and 3, meets the top of the order in the 4th.

          Or, if Hughes is pitching the second and third, he meets the top of the order again in the second…

  • yaokay

    if it’sa really close game i can see not letting him play CF tonight. But if the game is all but decided by the 8th like it has been for the past 2 days, why the hell not?

    • Leg-End

      Yeah if the game is over I don’t see what difference it makes.

      • I’m a looser baby so why don’t you kill me?

        Bc it ain’t over til it’s over?

        I know I know…our punchless lineup sucks

  • Barry

    Screw all of that let him play 9 innings in CF and let him bat lead off. Who gives a shit about the other teams playoff hunts, Mariano has done enough to earn a little fun in his last game at the stadium he built.

    • http://www.draftstreet.com/register.aspx?r=Jedile Jedile

      I agree 100%. I think he should play more than just one inning in the field!

      • http://www.draftstreet.com/register.aspx?r=Jedile Jedile

        In fact I think he should also be the Starting Pitcher in the game as well!

  • rose heller

    back in the day, the yanks put guidrey in center field so why not mariano rivera.

  • Wrecky

    It would be cool to see Mo make a catch running up that hill in CF in Houston. Not just cool… amazing…