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Hello, Goodbye

Mariano Rivera reported to camp yesterday and spoke to the press. Chad Jennings has a thorough recap:

Mariano Rivera left home yesterday, doing what Andy Pettitte couldn’t bring himself to do this winter.

“It’s hard,” Rivera said. “One of my kids was, the little one was attached to my hip, crying. It’s hard. A lot of people don’t see that, that part of the game. You have to leave your family. Even though you’re going to see them, being detached from your family is hard.”

It seems Rivera never seriously considered retirement this offseason, but he admitted that leaving home “gets harder and harder,” and now that his oldest son is 17, Rivera realizes he’s “missed a lot of things.”

“Baseball is not everything,” Rivera said. “That’s what we do, yeah, but there’s still life after baseball. There will come a time when you have to make a decision, even though you still have the abilities to play. That comes within yourself. If you don’t feel it in your heart, you don’t feel it in yourself no more, it’s time to say goodbye because, why are you going to do it if you don’t have the desire to do it? That’s why I thank God for Andy, and I respect him because he just didn’t have the desire to do it no more.”

As always, it will be a pleasure to watch the man work.


1 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Feb 18, 2011 10:05 am

Mariano Rivera, ladies and gentlemen.

2 Mattpat11   ~  Feb 18, 2011 10:14 am

The sad this is in fifteen years he's going to be going through the same stuff with his grandchildren when he leaves to start spring training.

3 Sliced Bread   ~  Feb 18, 2011 10:30 am

Mo's gonna have a couple million Yankee fans clinging to hip, and crying when he tries to walk away from the game. I know I'm going to be like a sniveling kindergartner when he retires.

4 Diane Firstman   ~  Feb 18, 2011 10:35 am


Well-played, Matt. :-)

5 Diane Firstman   ~  Feb 18, 2011 10:38 am

In the "Francisco Cervelli honorary quaint quote" division, I present Vincente Padilla


"If I start, I start. If I relieve, I relieve. It’s all the same, no? You’re just throwing a ball."

6 rbj   ~  Feb 18, 2011 10:39 am

Ah, Mo.

7 Bronx Boy in NC   ~  Feb 18, 2011 12:16 pm

Cherish this. We won't see its like again.

8 Crazy8Rick   ~  Feb 18, 2011 1:36 pm

Let's not write the legend of Mo' off so soon. Let's celebrate that we still got him. When he trots out on the field in the 9th you can see from the expressions in the opposing dug-out....'game over' Go Yankees!!!

9 YankeeAbby   ~  Feb 18, 2011 1:54 pm

...like I needed any more reasons to adore this man! :::sigh:::

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