Originally written on IT IS HIGH, IT IS FAR, IT IS caught  |  Last updated 10/26/12
I know this is blaspheme, but for once, let's not be cheerful and optimistic: Does anybody really expect Mariano Rivera to come back in 2013 and pitch an entire season at the level that befits his career? Because I sure don't. I think there's a better chance of Ann Coulter winning a sportsmanship medal at the Special Olympics. When Mariano shredded his knee last spring, it broke our hearts - not because we lost him for a season - but because we lost him. Period.  He made a few feel good comments about coming back, so  the crowds could cheer and the writers could tweet, IF ANYBODY CAN DO IT, MO CAN! Yeah, right. Listen:  Nobody can do it. That's the rub.Andy came back this year at the ancient age of 40. He couldn't last the season. (Partly due to bad luck, yeah, but the fact is, you don't heal fast at 40.) Roger Clemens came back 44. (God knows what he was injecting.) He went 6-6 and seldom lasted into the sixth. Do we really want to see a compromised Rivera being lifted for Cody Epp...
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