Saturday, March 9, 2013

Mariano Rivera Announces Retirement

Mariano Rivera announced at a press conference today at George M. Steinbrenner Field that 2013, will indeed be his last season playing Major League Baseball. It was a sobering moment to say the least, remembering all the great moments that Mariano had in pinstripes. It is a sad feeling to know that after this season, we will never hear "Enter Sandman" at Yankee Stadium again. Mariano Rivera put everything he had into his performances as a pitcher, but even more important was the attention he paid to the fans. Before and during every game, Mariano Rivera acknowledged fans at the Stadium with a wave or a handshake, and that is what makes him a great man, aside from being the best relief pitcher in the history of the game.

Mariano Rivera was firm in his decision on retiring, citing a desire to spend more time with his family. However, he did say that he will be back in the game of baseball in the future, saying that he loves working with minor leaguers. Mariano Rivera will always be welcome at any ballpark by all fans in Major League Baseball. Despite many people not liking the Yankees, Mariano Rivera holds a place in every fan's heart for his integrity and humility of the game he loves so much.

It will not be easy for Mariano Rivera's successor in 2014. Judging by what the Yankees have, David Robertson will be the heir-apparent to the great Mariano. Rivera has given his blessing to Robertson, saying that he feels that the young right hander is ready for the big stage. If Mariano Rivera says it, I will believe it.

Thank you for all you've done, Mr. Rivera. I wish you a happy retirement (after the season) and hope you return to the Yankees soon in a different capacity. Cheers!

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