Mariano Rivera told reporters in Houston that his Yankee Stadium farewell was the final appearance of his glorious career.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi says legendary closer Mariano Rivera can play center field in Houston if he wants to.
His 652 regular-season saves are a record, as are his 42 in the postseason. But Rivera isn’t defined by numbers.
Rivera put his head on Andy Pettitte’s right shoulder and sobbed. The end had arrived, at least for his career in the Yankees’ home pinstripes.
Robinson Cano, for one thing, might be gone next year. In truth, they overachieved in a 2013 filled with injury and PED scandal. Most teams wouldn’t have hit .500 if they lost a key player seemingly every week.
During four minutes of thunderous chanting from the sellout crowd 48,675 began, an overcome Rivera sobbed as he buried his head on the shoulder of Pettitte, who also is retiring when the season ends Sunday, and then hugged Jeter.
Joe Girardi told WFAN’s Mike Francesa on Thursday that he expects the Yankees to look a lot different next season, but is not considering himself one of the changes that will be made.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi says he’s thinking about allowing Rivera to do it this weekend, when the Yankees finish their season with a three-game series at the Houston Astros.
Bud Selig said he plans to retire as baseball commissioner in January 2015 after a term of more than 22 years marked by robust growth in attendance and revenue along with a canceled World Series and a drug scandal.
Despite baseball’s highest opening-day payroll at $230 million, the Yankees failed to claim one of the 10 playoff berths. “It hurts,” manager Joe Girardi said after it was over.
It’s been an extremely frustrating season for the 2007 AL Cy Young Award winner, one that ended a week early when he sustained a Grade 2 left hamstring strain.
The Yankees wasted several opportunities against the wild Matt Moore in a 7-0 loss to Tampa Bay on Tuesday night that pushed them to the brink of missing out on the postseason for the second time in 19 years.
It ain’t over ’til it’s over. With their playoff hopes on life support, the Yankees will wrap up the season’s final homestand with a three-game set against the Rays.
The Beatles never got back together. And nobody else ever really took their place, did they? The Yankees will be the Yankees again one day. But they won’t ever be the same as the group you saw assembled one last time on Sunday.
Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera deserved a storybook ending Sunday, but things do happen in this game. Still, it was quite a day at the Stadium.