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Mariano Rivera “having second thoughts” about playing again

Oct 25, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

Mariano Rivera AP

While acknowledging it’s still “probable” that Mariano Rivera will return from knee surgery to pitch next season, Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York reports that the future Hall of Famer “is having second thoughts about possibly retiring.”

Rivera was pretty adamant about returning at the time of the injury, saying: “I’m coming back. Put it down. Write it down in big letters. I ain’t going down like this.”

However, according to Marchand’s unnamed sources Rivera “has the familiar tug that he has carried for many years of possibly wanting to stay home with his family and call it a career.”

Rivera is a free agent, so if he does want to play in 2013 he’ll presumably have to let the Yankees know fairly soon so they can plan accordingly and, eventually, come to terms with the 42-year-old on a new contract after he earned $15 million this season.

  1. sophiethegreatdane - Oct 25, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    Class act. It wouldn’t seem right without Mo in MLB.

    OTOH, anything to induce a little bit of panic in the Yankees always makes the offseason a little more delicious.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 25, 2012 at 5:48 PM

      What panic would this incite? the fact that Soriano had essentially a slightly worse Rivera season? That the Yanks could replace the greatest closer in history for 5/6 months and not skip a beat? That if Rivera decides to retire, and Soriano heads to greener pastures, the Yanks would save about $30M?

      • giantsfan428 - Oct 25, 2012 at 6:41 PM

        No, probably the fact that Soriano is nearly guaranteed to at the very least exercise his option, and chances are unless he gets a guarantee to be the closer, he’s not resigning. Yanks are a stepping stone for him, always were. He never really seemed to love NY, or even like it for that matter.

      • stlouis1baseball - Oct 26, 2012 at 9:12 AM

        No Church. The Panic that quite possibly the greatest Closer in history will not be around for the 2nd consecutive year. Allen Craig is a solid baseball player who is only going to get better.
        Yet…when Albert left I almost pissed my pants. Yeah…zero worries.

    • protius - Oct 26, 2012 at 8:29 AM


      You didn’t write a best seller; you wrote a subtle put down of the Yankees.

      On one hand you respect Rivera, on the other hand if his potential absence induces panic in the Yankees organization, you’ll enjoy it.

      Basically, Church called you a moron. Yankeesgameday called you a troll, and, in essence, I labeled you an airhead.

      Apparently, three people exactly understood what you meant and you didn’t understand what you wrote, so clearly reading comprehension is something that you need to work on.

      Really, you should look into taking a remedial writing course.

      • stlouis1baseball - Oct 26, 2012 at 9:15 AM

        Really…you should do everyone a favor and punch yourself in the face repeatedly.

  2. yankeesgameday - Oct 25, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Marchand is a bigger internet troll than you are. He wrote the article just for page views, you’re only linking to it.

    • protius - Oct 25, 2012 at 4:36 PM

      There is a TV commercial being aired in the NY metropolitan area that was written for people like Sophie:

      Sophie believes that if it’s on the Internet, then it has to be true, because “they” wouldn’t allow it to be on the Internet if it wasn’t true.

      Sophie also met her boyfriend on the Internet; he’s a French model. Bon jour……..LMAO.

      ESPN, the toilet paper of the sports media industry.

      • sophiethegreatdane - Oct 25, 2012 at 5:09 PM

        RIF. Reading is fundamental.

      • Old Gator - Oct 25, 2012 at 5:35 PM

        Don’t worry, Sophie. Protius sits in the basement of his psyche in his mental wheelchair, generally hating the world around him and everyone in it, concocting delusionary straw men and vicious if juvenile insults to while away his apparently useless hours. I do believe that the screenwriters of Ghostbusters got the idea for ectoplasmic slime after overhearing him muttering in his sleep as a child.

      • albertmn - Oct 25, 2012 at 7:16 PM

        That is a State Farm insurance commercial. Pretty sure it’s airing everywhere. Although, typically New York mentality, no one else matters.

      • protius - Oct 25, 2012 at 8:13 PM

        Awww, poor Sophie.

        She bad mouths the Yankees, she earns two put downs, and now she’s trying to take the intellectual high road.

        You have sour grape stains all over your bib, little girl; you’ll have to do better than that.

        Anything that causes a Yankee hater a little up set, is alright with me.

      • protius - Oct 25, 2012 at 8:17 PM


        I didn’t know if it is being aired everywhere, and apparently, neither do you. Therefore, your remark about typical New York mentality is bogus, and that makes you the king of the smug assholes on this board.

      • Old Gator - Oct 25, 2012 at 8:34 PM

        Poor Protius. So amusing, so inadvertently.

      • protius - Oct 25, 2012 at 8:36 PM

        Be worried Sophie.

        This is how slobbering Gator meets woman on the Internet. First he defends you, the next thing you know, he wants your personal information. Ask him about molesting students. That should be fun to read.

        If you’d like to get a better understanding of Old Grand Dad’s psychosis and the environment he lives in, watch the movie “The Others”, and imagine Gator playing the role of Grace Stewart (Nicole Kidman).

        This bum thinks he’s still relevant. He thinks that he’s not a washed up hack. He’s a booook edittttorrrr; just in time for Halloween.

      • sophiethegreatdane - Oct 26, 2012 at 12:31 AM

        Reading for comprehension is not your strong suit, is it?

        Back to your TP quest, Beavis.

    • whatthehellisansky - Oct 26, 2012 at 8:48 AM

      Agreed. He’s also the guy whos proposing this ridiculous arod to the marlins for jose reyes and mark buehrle trade.

      guy lives in la-la land. i dont believe a single sentence he writes.

  3. agelardi - Oct 25, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    THe Yankees will probably make that decision a little bit easier for Mariano. No way are they going to pay $15 mil. for a pitcher of his advanced age coming off knee surgery. Well, probably no way.

  4. nysportsexchange - Oct 25, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    He should do whatever is best for him and his family. If he does chose to retire he will be missed. He dominated for so many years.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 25, 2012 at 5:46 PM

      Random question of the day, but is it:

      NY Sport Sexchange
      NY Sports Exchange

      Not that there’s anything wrong with the former, but inquiring minds wish to know.

  5. jetshorty - Oct 25, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    Rivera’s agent was probably the unnamed source.

  6. beefytrout - Oct 25, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    I know that it is never going to happen, but with everything I have read about Rivera and his time spent on and off the field, there is simply no reasonable case to be made for not voting for him for the HOF. I hate that dumb “no 100% EVAR” tradition.

    • beefytrout - Oct 25, 2012 at 7:38 PM

      apparently 2 people don’t think Rivera belongs in the Hall. Sad.

      • protius - Oct 25, 2012 at 9:03 PM

        Sophie and Gator.

      • Old Gator - Oct 25, 2012 at 10:58 PM

        You’re adorable when you’re eating your own kishkes out in full view of the peanut gallery.

  7. husky2score - Oct 25, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    See, this is what happens when the Yankees suck in the playoffs!

  8. Carl Hancock - Oct 25, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    Such a class act, it would be sad to see him retire. Amazing pitcher. The fact that every single batter he’s ever faced new exactly what pitch was going to be thrown each and every time makes his career that much more impressive. He threw one pitch, but damn was it a good one.

  9. sbnj2000 - Oct 25, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    The last to wear #42 and one of the most memorable. Hope he chooses what makes him happy – another go at it or some QT with the family.

  10. edelmanfanclub - Oct 25, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    If he does indeed retire, he will go down as the best closer of all time. But something tells me there will be a report tommorrow refuting this report.

  11. roverboy1949 - Oct 26, 2012 at 7:16 AM

    Even as a Red Sox fan, I would miss seeing # 42 come in to the game. He has always been great to watch and is a true competitor. Between him and Jeter, they are really the Yankees of this generation. Mantle , Yogi, and Maris were the big boys of my generation.

  12. blueovalblog - Oct 26, 2012 at 8:02 AM

    Reblogged this on blueovalblog's Blog and commented:
    You know Rivera can still pitch as a closer. Where he will pitch is the question.

  13. richwizl - Oct 26, 2012 at 8:44 AM

    Hang it up, Mo; what’s the point?

  14. florida727 - Oct 26, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Mariano’s earned a little over $159 million in his career, so it won’t be a money decision. I just hope it’s also not an ego decision. If he can play, and genuinely wants to play, then play. If he wants to spend time with his family, retire, and we’ll see you in 5 years at that Cooperstown thing they do every year.

  15. cackalackyank - Oct 26, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    First of all I think Mo is going to test that knee out real soon, (if he hasn’t already). If he feels he can perform to his stanard he will try to get a deal done. Never say never, but if he can’t fit into the Yankess scheme (LOL) then I would say he retires. I really can’t see him putting on another uniform, especially if his rights to #42 go away if he signs with another club. (Nt sure if the exception belongs to him or the Yankees) If this rumor was started by anyones agent, it was Soriano’s not Mo’s. If you are Soriano you want the Yankees bidding against themselves when you opt out. And lastly- People its just a blog-can’t we all just get along.

  16. michflaguy - Oct 26, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    This is the beginning of the end for this era in Yankees baseball.
    Rivera will retire…there is now no doubt about that.
    A-Rod will be gone next year…no one in New York wants him back.
    Jeter will retire too…the Yankees without Rivera & A-Rod will not be even close to winning a series, so why rehab all the way back to a 3rd place team?

    This will all happen before Christmas:

    Rivera & Jeter retire.
    A-Rod gets traded.
    There is even talk in NY about replacing Girardi.
    This Yankees team is *done*.

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