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Swan Song

Mariano Rivera announced today that 2013 will be his final year as a ball player.

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1 rbj   ~  Mar 9, 2013 12:52 pm

Already going through withdrawal symptoms.

2 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Mar 9, 2013 12:54 pm

Felt like crying watching his remarks, inevitable though this is.

Life is change. How it differs from the rocks.

3 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Mar 9, 2013 7:41 pm


4 Start Spreading the News   ~  Mar 9, 2013 8:12 pm

I canceled my season tix this year due to rising costs of housing and a kid on the way. But if I had known that this was Mo's last year, I would have kept it just to see Mo's last game. Crap.

Next to Mattingly, Mo is my favorite Yankee

5 Chyll Will   ~  Mar 10, 2013 9:54 pm

We're lucky folks to have had all these moments with him, and for his entire career. There are none like Mo. Batters will whisper his name forever.

6 Bronx Boy in NC   ~  Mar 10, 2013 9:55 pm

All I can feel is blessed. 1997 and "Can he cut it? Can we survive without Wetteland?" feels in a lot of ways like yesterday. Hell, watching him visit Scranton as a Clipper feels like yesterday. I've got shoes older, etc.

I've felt for a while that Mo was my generation's DiMaggio in the sense that my grandchildren will feel awe just to contemplate that I saw him in person. Now I realize I'm luckier than my grandpa was. Because for all his mastery, my guy wasn't also a self-canonizing churl who would think less of me for thinking well of him.

I've told people baseball fills the role of church in my life. If baseball is my church, Mariano Rivera was my miracle.

And if this team goes on to hit .210 and finish at 80 wins, I'll have a reason to watch and remember. All I can feel is blessed.

7 BobbyB   ~  Mar 11, 2013 1:05 pm

It thought Mariano handled himself with great dignity in the interview(what else would you expect). My brother and I bought season tickets in 1996 so I have watched Mo for 16 years. All I can say is, it's been amazing.

8 YankeeAbby   ~  Mar 11, 2013 1:06 pm

[2] - I did cry...as he uttered the word "retiring". And the funny thing is - it surprised me. Maybe it was that there was a finality in the whole thing that, now that it's actually come out of HIS mouth, it was real. He said it, he really said it. This is it. He's finished after this season.

For all the praise and words that have been uttered about him, there is truly something indescribable about him and what he's done and how he makes us fans feel.

I know Jeter is the Captain and face of the franchise, and I &*$!@ love him and what he's meant to the Yanks, but even when he hangs it up, I'm not sure I'll have the same emotional reaction.

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