It has been a whirlwind 24 hours in the Yankee Universe. Prior to last night’s game and subsequent loss to the Kansas City Royals Yankees closer Mariano Rivera tore both his anterior cruciate ligament and the meniscus in his right knee. The freak accident that immediately ended Rivera’s season made national headlines as it had been widely speculated that Rivera would retire at years end. Them came some awesome news. Prior to tonight’s tilt with the Royals Rivera stated to the media, “I am coming back.” “Put it down.” “Write it down in big letters.” “I am not going out like this.” “God willing and given the strength, I’m coming back.” This brought a smile to every Yankee fan around the world after a depressing day. Thankfully this legendary Yankee will give us all the joy of seeing him pitch again after “Enter Sandman” blares through the Yankee Stadium loud speaker. Now our biggest problem as Yankee fans goes back to hoping this lousy, underachieving team will start playing up to its potential.
I can go on all day about the 608 regular season saves in Mariano Rivera’s brilliant career. I can speak even louder about the additional 42 saves in the post season. I can talk about the lowest e.r.a in baseball history for any pitcher ever who has thrown over 1000 innings. Those stats do not do the man justice. As we get older and our childhood and adolescent sports idols leave their respective games you come to realize there are so few athletes who can be classified as true heroes. Mariano Rivera is one of those true heroes remaining in sports today. I had the privilege of interviewing Rivera during my radio career. I can tell you that Rivera exceeded my expectations going into our meeting. He did everything I asked of him during my time with him and did it all with class, dignity, and a smile. He is exactly the guy we see on t.v. and read about every baseball season. When the time comes for Mariano Rivera’s career to finally end the way it should it will be a truly sad day for me as my last childhood hero will be gone. Thankfully it won’t be until next year that I even have to think about that.
About the Author
Written by Brendan Sennott
I was born in the heart of the AL East in the late 70's and am a huge Yankees fan. (Don't hate) I have moved around to a lot of solid baseball markets in my life(Boston, Chicago, Detroit) and was a part-time reporter, producer, blogger, and on air personality for WDFN Radio Sportsradio 1130 The Fan in Detroit. I still live in the "D" and am married with one beautiful 9 month old daughter. My girls are my life. In my media career I've interviewed players, managers and executives in the sport and would love to get back in the business full time. Baseball is my passion. I look forward to shooting straight about the Yanks and M.L.B in my new blog and getting your feedback.