Mariano Rivera Refuses To Call It Quits
Mariano Rivera may well have a season-ending knee injury, but he still refuses to call it quits, and it seems that the greatest closer in Baseball history wouldn’t give up just yet.
When asked if he thought that he might be back from major knee surgery for a torn ACL and torn meniscus in his right knee, Rivera said in an emotional outburst that he just did not know. It is difficult to imagine Rivera walking from baseball that easily. Rivera is obviously emotionally distressed, and this seems to affect him a lot more than the actual physical injury. Once he heard the diagnosis, he sat silent, with tears in his eyes.
Rivera looked like he was on the road to victory, and that he was going to finish this season and just walk away after having done all that a player can possibly accomplish in the sport he chose. It looks that now, what made him be the quintessential closer will also give him the drive to start from scratch again.
When one thinks about all that Mariano Rivera went through; an elbow surgery when he was a 23 year old pitcher, failing as a starter when he was 25 years old, serving an apprenticeship under John Wetteland, to emerge as the best closer ever known at the age of 27, with an incredible amount of determination, discipline and fire.
Nobody would be surprise to see him trying to come back, even if it is only to prove that if he leaves, it is on his term, and it is his decision. For Rivera, it is a question of very hard work, and of wanting something so badly that you are willing to even sweat blood to get there; this is because Rivera is better than average, and even at 42, he will still fight for it.
The Yankees’ manager Joe Girardi, always optimistic, is not calling it quits either, as if the Yankees doctor would come up with a better diagnosis if he looked at the same MRI, or something along those lines! He seems to refuse point blank to accept the situation.
However, in the end, even Girardi really was forced to accept the seriousness of the situation and of Rivera’s injury, and had to see that if this was how it was, then it was real bad news. As far as he remembers, he has never seen anybody coming back after this type of surgery.
Maybe Rivera will decide that this time enough is enough, and that his injury is a sign that it is time to go, or maybe he will see it differently, maybe he will see it as a sign that it is not yet the time to leave, that there is too much good baseball on the table to miss! One sure fact is that nobody would be shocked to see him try it one more time.
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