Originally posted on Baseball Prospectus  |  Last updated 5/4/12
The Thursday Takeaway Joe Blanton pitched a shutout for the Phillies. Bryce Harper drove home the game-winning run for the Nationals. The Royals won at home for the first time this season. And none of it matters, because Mariano Rivera wrecked his knee. He did not slip off the mound. He was not scrambling to field a bunt. He did not trip while covering first base. Rivera was doing something else that virtually every pitcher does and that he has thoroughly enjoyed doing throughout his career: shagging balls during batting practice. Asked, after an MRI revealed a torn ACL and meniscus, if he would ever play again, the 42-year-old showed rare emotion and told reporters, “I don’t know.” That Rivera even spoke hours after learning that his career may hang in the balance is a testament to everything he stands for. Few players are able to gain the perspective necessary to face the media before the next morning. Rivera is synonymous with winning, the epitome of a quiet leader, and in...
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