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I was at Citifield last night. The place was quiet as the top of ninth began, the Mets leading by a run. I was with a friend who was at Opening Day of Shea Stadium in 1964. “It’s quiet because everyone is waiting for something bad to happen,” he said.

Expecting something bad to happen. Which is exactly what happened. An error with the bases loaded turned a 3-2 lead into a 4-3 deficit.

I thought about Mariano Rivera as my friend and I walked through the parking lot after the game. We won’t have him much longer. Maybe another season or two. But the peaceful, easy feeling he gives us is temporary. It might dry up before retires. If only there was a way to bottle it.

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1 thelarmis   ~  Aug 3, 2011 4:43 pm

Mo will never retire. never.

it's not allowed. please tell me it won't happen. ever.

shudder to think...

2 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Aug 3, 2011 5:23 pm

Can anyone deny that Mariano Rivera's performance has been the primary element for the Yankees success these last 16 years?

There will be good, maybe great closers in the Yankees future, but there will be only one Mo, like one Babe, Lou, JoeD, Mickey, or Yogi (Derek?) in the history of the team.

We're fortunate to have witnessed his career.

3 thelarmis   ~  Aug 3, 2011 6:41 pm

yeah, Mo is pretty much the greatest athlete i've had the privilege to watch perform.

i'm surprised there wasn't a Thurman post here yesterday. 32nd anniversary of the tragedy. it still resonates deeply with me...

4 NoamSane   ~  Aug 3, 2011 7:14 pm

Opening Day of Shea Stadium was in 1964, right? 1st Mets home game in '62 was at the Polo Grounds.

Thurman has now been gone the same number of years he was alive. Hard to believe.

5 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 3, 2011 7:52 pm

4) Great point! I'll fix that, pronto.

1) He is not going to last forever. That's why it's on us to savor, savor, savor.

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