The other night, baseball fans across the globe witnessed the final home game for one of the greatest closer’s to ever play the game of baseball.
That was supposed to be Mariano’s final outing for the New York Yankees at Yankees Stadium. Now according to Mariano Rivera himself, he has no intention on playing against the Houston Astros and that he is now “done”.
Rivera: “I’m done” doesn’t plan to play this weekend #Yankees
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) September 28, 2013
With Rivera retiring, he’ll be the last player in major league baseball history to ever wear number 42. He was the only played allowed to wear it with the rest of the league retiring the number in honor of Jackie Robinson.
It’s going to be weird next season when it’s Jackie Robinson day and the only man who was allowed to wear it, won’t even be in uniform. Maybe the league will find a way to honor Rivera on the very same day they honor Robinson.
Both of these players have opened the doors for players hoping to break into the league. Both minorities who made the sport of baseball a better game. Mariano Rivera will surely be missed.
Now I wonder if Giradi will allow him to make a couple trips to the mound and call for another arm from the bullpen.
You can’t help but hope Rivera ends up as either a manager or pitching coach for a major league team soon. My guess is he becomes a manager of the Yankees in the near future.
Exit The Sandman.