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Unfortunately it seems there’s always a first time for everything.
Good or Bad.
And criticizing New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera will be a first for me.
FIRST, LET ME SAY HOW I FEEL ABOUT MO:
Rivera is not only the greatest closer to ever play the game; he is the paramount of a role model for the way he handles himself both on and off the field.
Baseball fans and players alike worship him, and you realize that this after hearing ex- Red Sox, now Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon once told MLB.com Ian Browne:
“I owe a lot of gratitude to him because of what he’s done. I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for him. I think everybody knows that. The closer’s role wouldn’t be as noted. More and more now, people and teams and fans are starting to realize, because of Mariano, how important it is to have that closer to win a World Series,” he went on to say, “When you look up closer, the definition, in the dictionary, that’s Mariano.”
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It's been a long Winter and everyone connected with the Yankees in any capacity, including the media, has, I'm sure, been itching to get off asses and do something baseball-related. Mariano Rivera gave everyone that chance yesterday when he made his now-famous comments about his future (or, maybe not-so-future) retirement.My Twitter timeline exploded with tweets from beat...
<img align="left" border="0" src="http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/j/MSNBC/Components/Photo/_new/g-spt-120220-rivera-1121a.thumb.jpg" alt="HBT: Mariano Rivera says he knows if he's planning to play after 2012, "but I don't have to tell you." Hmmm." style="margin:0 5px 5px 0" />HBT: Mariano Rivera says he knows if...
He has made similar comments in the past, dating back more than a decade, but now with the all-time saves record in hand, and his age finally matching his famous uniform number, New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera sounds a lot like someone who is about to play his last season.
“Doesn’t depend on how I pitch. Always I want to do my job, but I’ve made my decision already,” Mariano Rivera told reporters the other day. He added that his decision has been made, “even if I save 90 games, even if they want to pay as much money as they want to.”
It sounds like we saw the beginning of the “Mariano Rivera farewell tour,” which undoubtedly puts...
New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera says he is refreshed by the start of spring training and won't announce his long-term plans until after the season.
Rivera: “I won't let you know now. But I know.”
Mariano Rivera hinted Monday that 2012 could be the final season of his career, saying he has already made a decision about his future — and nothing isn't going to change his mind.
TAMPA — Replacing a legend isn’t easy, but somebody has to do it. Just as Tino Martinez took over for Don Mattingly at first base in 1996 and Joe Girardi moved into the manager’s office in place of Joe Torre in 2008, somebody will have the unenviable task of succeeding Mariano Rivera as the Yankees’ next closer.
TAMPA — If Mariano Rivera has decided this is it, Mike Mussina says that could help his former teammate, even though the all-time saves leader hardly needs another advantage.
Prior to the 2008 season Mussina decided he would retire at the end of the year. He told a few teammates, but...
TAMPA — The Yankees added another closer to their roster Wednesday, but don’t expect Mariano Rivera to lose much sleep.
TAMPA — A few minutes after David Robertson talked about what big shoes he will have to fill after Mariano Rivera retires, The Great Rivera laced up his size 11 turf shoes a couple lockers down from Robertson in the Yankees’ clubhouse.
“These are big shoes to fill,’’ a smiling Rivera...
Skeptical of Rivera retirement talk
Also, Derek Jeter intends to keep Mariano Rivera's secret