Mariano Rivera – Oh No
I avoided the typical pun headline although I did think about using one. This one has taken some time to settle in. No Mo? No Jorge? Andy isn’t back yet. The Core 4 is now just Jete. And…let me take a moment to say that Jete is the fucking man right now. It is so much fun watching him hit lately. Let’s hope he can keep this going. Shut those naysayers up.
Back to Mariano. Oh man…now, he says he’ll be back. Initially I figured he was done. DONE. However, there’s always been something about Mo. I’ve never seen a player so cool. He could blow a 3-run lead and it wouldn’t bother him a bit. He’d come back the next day all chill. Will he be back? I don’t know the severity of the injury but the more I think about it, maybe I’m wrong. He’s not done. If he comes back, can he be as dominating? I think this guy is a machine, a term we’ve used repeatedly over the past 17 years. And if he has the drive, which he appears to, I see no reason why he wouldn’t come back. Of course, my dreams of another World Series are maybe a little romantic, but now THAT would be the way to end it. Andy->Mo, Jorge throwing out the first pitch, a 4-for-4 day for Jete? OK, now I’m getting a little exaggerated.
I’m 36 years old. I have been watching the Yankees, and remember watching them, for almost 30 years now. I have no plans on stopping. For fans like that, seeing a player like Mo go down is a big deal. It means a lot for our playoff aspirations. It means a lot for Robertson (= awesome) and whoever ends up being the 7th-inning man. But it means a lot for the face of NY, for who we are. I may attribute too much weight to things like this but the few of you reading, if you are a fan…you know precisely what I’m talking about. And don’t get me started on the day Jete retires. That will be a day unlike any other since…Mattingly? I can say now, without a doubt, Jete is the biggest Yankee player since Mantle. DiMaggio before him. Gehrig and Ruth before him. Stats aside, with leadership, durability, confidence…if Jete is not top-5, you need to rethink stuff. (Who would be in the final spot? Yogi? Whitey? Mo???) He’s been the face of the Yankees for a long time. Oh, and I probably mentioned, he’s the fucking man. (batting .404 as of this writing)