Will this be Mariano Rivera’s final season? Marc Carig thinks it just might be.
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the silver surfer
Predicting that this season might be the last for a 40-something athlete is not a real stretch. That said, what else is there for the man to prove: he has the rings, the record, the money.
Frankly, I expect this to be Mo's last hurrah. I just don't envision another contract negotiation in his future. But hey, should be a helluva farewell tour.
And no one wants to be "the guy who follows The Guy," but at least Robertson seems capable and has a good head on his shoulders.
No no no no no. No. NONONO. Non. Nyet. Nein. いえ.
I refuse to acknowledge that Mariano is going to retire.
This has got to be it. Last save will be in the World Series, no doubt.
Lets Go, YAN-kees!
I expected to be completely unable to handle this. I can't handle this.
 yes! no no no No No No NO NO NO!!!
 right there with ya, man.
this can't happen. should be disallowed by law.
but yeah, he needs to save the 4th win of the World Series and go out with #28!!!
i'll only make one Yanks game here in Atlanta. i'm gonna sit right by the Yanks' pen, like i did 3 summers ago. hope i get to see Mo pitch again. and let 2012 end like 2009 did!!! : )
btw, pineda was given #35. is this the first time Mussina's number is being worn? i miss Mikey Moose...
I bought tickets on StubHub for October 3rd (last game at YS), just in case Yanks miss playoffs.
Good move, Diane-me too!
Oh Mo, no go; miss Po?
 I'll be there on October 3 too.
I do not approve.
I think if/when the Yanks win the WS this year, Mo might hang it up. If for some ungodly, unforseen, cataclysmic event happens and the Yanks fall short of the title in 2012, you can look for Mo to be back in 2013. Mo wants to go out on top.
I don't even want to think about Mo's successor, but I am fairly sure that Soriano was brought in for insurance in case Mo left on short notice, but if his first season was any indication, he is not up for the task.
Robertson seems like a much better fit, and if he ends up as the closer in 2013, it will be odd if Soriano is setting him up or pitching the 7th inning and getting paid a lot more cheese than the closer.
Every year. Am I the only one who thought Mo's comments were way more ambiguous than the press is making them out to be? I guess "I know if 2012 is my last year, but I won't say" = "I'm definitely retiring."
I hope he's not finished but:
1. Who among us wouldn't take 14 more years of Mo at a high level back after the 1998 season?
2. If this is it, I'm glad he's going out on top instead of becoming average or worse. I'd love a 42 save season with a 2.20 era.
That said I want 3 more seasons.
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