Mariano Rivera announced today that the 2013 season will be his last one. This is a sad day for me because Rivera is one of the greatest players I have ever seen and I don’t want to see him leave. I have been blessed to see him pitch live in person and it will be honor to watch him this final season.
Rivera is known for his great pitching but also for his entrance to the field. In Yankee Stadium, “Enter Sandman” is well known by everyone and it provides one of the coolest moments in baseball when he exists the bullpen and enters the field.
It’s one of the best things in baseball today and it’s sad that we will not see it anymore past 2013.
Growing up as an A’s fan, the Yankees were public enemy number one. I hated everything that was all Yankees. But over the years, as I watched more Yankees baseball as the enemy, I really grew an appreciation for two players. One was Derek Jeter. The other is birthday boy Mariano Rivera.
Mariano Rivera injured his knee during BP yesterday and its reported that its an ACL tear. An injury like that could take about a year to recover from and with his age, this might be the last time we see Mariano Rivera.
I am no way a Yankee fan but I am one of Rivera’s biggest fans. Watching him for all these years, especially in the playoffs, just makes me appreciate how great of a pitcher he is. When the Yanks come to Oakland, I partially just want to see him come into the game (even though it meant the A’s were losing) just because I want to have that privilege to see him.
When I went to the old Yankee Stadium for two games, I was so bummed that the Yanks lost both those games and I never got to hear “Enter Sandman”. I wanted to see the greatest of all time.
If this is the end of Rivera’s career, then I tip my hat to a fine career. I hope it isn’t but I’ll just cross my fingers and pray for the best.