Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/4/13
“Enter Sandman” will be silenced after this season according to Mariano Rivera and no pleas from manager Joe Girardi or anyone else will change the legendary closer’s retirement plans. In an ESPN report before Tuesday’s come-from-behind Yankee win over Chicago Girardi was quoted as saying he would talk to Rivera during the offseason “and make sure (retiring) is really what (Rivera wants) to do.” But the 43-year-old Rivera said in blunt terms after earning his 40th save of 2013 that this season is his last. Period. “I already told you guys. I don’t want to come back like that again” Rivera said at his locker after wondering aloud why reporters were circling his locker. “I made my decision. They can do whatever they want. That’s fine. I don’t tell (Girardi) what to do. But on my behalf I already made my decision in spring training.” Rivera told the Daily News in early April that he “cannot wait” to be with his wife and three sons full-time and to no longer go through the rigors of the 162-game grind.
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