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Mariano Rivera may need surgery on his vocal cords

Nov 22, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

Mariano Rivera

In the strongest evidence yet that Mariano Rivera is, in fact, human, the Yankees closer told Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News that he likely needs vocal cord surgery.

Rivera said that his vocal cords have “been bothering him for a month.”

Presumably the surgery wouldn’t have any impact on Rivera’s usual offseason plans and the future Hall of Famer’s right arm remains in pristine condition a week short of his 42nd birthday.

  1. uyf1950 - Nov 22, 2011 at 5:42 PM

    If I’m the Yankees management I make him wait until after the 2012 season. He’s probably the one Yankee they can least afford to have out for any time regardless how short.

    • JBerardi - Nov 22, 2011 at 11:10 PM

      Get a grip, man. He’s a human being with a life to live, they don’t keep him in a glass case during the offseason.

      • Jonny 5 - Nov 23, 2011 at 8:03 AM

        If I were the Yankees, I’d freeze Rivera in Carbonite ala Han solo style every off season. Now how long does it leave a man blind for?

  2. biz518 - Nov 22, 2011 at 5:59 PM

    Pretty sure yankees mgmt has no say on his personal choice to have surgery on his voice box, did u forget how to read halfway through the article, it won’t effect his play..

    • Utley's Hair - Nov 22, 2011 at 6:05 PM

      “Presumably” does not make it a complete certainty, so maybe you should learn how not to skip words when asking if another person knows how to read, hmm?

    • uyf1950 - Nov 22, 2011 at 6:52 PM

      biz – if it’s elective surgery which this sounds like it is. I would presume the Yankees Management has quite a bit to say about when he would/should have it.

      And since Aaron (the article writer) probably has no medical degree and no specific knowledge of the specifics involved his presumption I’m willing to bet is no more than a guess.

      Aaron, nothing personal. But as Utley’s Hair said/implied biz should be more careful next time before he criticizes someone.

      • stex52 - Nov 22, 2011 at 11:24 PM

        You are right. Way too thin on detail for us to assume this isn’t a needed surgery.

  3. stabonerichard - Nov 22, 2011 at 6:09 PM

    Mariano is a karaoke junkie. Word on the streets is he absolutely shredded it with his rendition of Blue (da ba de) in a quaint little Filipino bar/restaurant, where Manny Pacquiao is also believed to have laid down some karaoke thunder once upon a time. But the combined effects of the humid air, tequila shots and patented Mo “da be de” chorus was too much for his vocal chords to withstand. He’ll be back.

  4. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 22, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    So if the voice of God is injured, does he send in the Metatron for him?

    • joshftw - Nov 23, 2011 at 2:26 AM

      Mariano Rivera + Alan Rickman’s voice = Win!

  5. fredverd - Nov 22, 2011 at 6:45 PM

    Mariano cannot possibly be having trouble with his vocal chords! His “World’s Best”hummer is a cut fastball !

  6. sdelmonte - Nov 22, 2011 at 8:03 PM

    Ironic that one of the few NYC athletes who doesn’t abuse his vocal cords with self-promotion or trash talk needs this sort of surgery. I don’t wish this on anyone, but it would probably seem more appropriate if it were on Rex Ryan.

  7. Jonny 5 - Nov 22, 2011 at 8:53 PM

    People, it’s of the utmost importance for Rivera to have his voice. That way the balls can hear him over the crowd noise when he tells them how hard to cut and when.

  8. hooks024 - Nov 23, 2011 at 8:03 AM

    The yankees would have no say if/when he gets surgery. All he has to do is threaten the “r” word every yankees fan, and presumably everyone associated worth the team, dreads the mere thought of him saying.

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