Sun 29 Sep, 2013 01:08 am
Mariano Rivera, aged 43 and number 42, has retired. He's been one of my favorite Yankees for many years. The ultimate closer with a cutting fastball like no other. More saves than any other reliever, and the lowest postseason ERA of anyone. And, to quote the NY Times, a "mensch."
The end of an era.
Bye, Mo. You will be mightily missed.
100% class and probably the best reliever of all time,
He's a legendary Titan. He's truly been one of the leaders of the Yankee renaissance.
100% class and probably
the best reliever of all time...
R(i struck out that word, much like mo did with 9th inning hitters)P
And thanks, Mo, for being there.
Here's a quote from Rivera (from a NY Times article). He was talking about his job:
“I get the ball, I throw the ball, and then I take a shower.”
Pithy, and with a kind of simple brilliance.
I always felt proud that he was one of my Yankees.
As a anti-Yankee I take my cap off to Mariano.
Great player, great sportsman.
He pitched and retired like a boss.
As he made it to the stopping point, he relaxed and talked about how his arm had been hurting for a while and he didn't want to play outfield now because of his knee, he just didn't belong there, and essentially, time to stop. Forget where I read that. Good man from whatever I've read over the years.