The Yankees great will receive the Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award during an on-field ceremony Thursday night.
His comments were captured on video for the upcoming documentary “Being: Mariano Rivera,” a 90-minute behind-the-scenes feature on the future first-ballot Hall of Famer’s final season with the Yankees.
As fictional President Jed Bartlet was fond of saying, “What’s next?” Let’s take a look, starting with the most obvious free agent — Robinson Cano.
“He knows we’d like to have him stay and continue as manager of the New York Yankees as we move forward,” general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday.
“Right now I’m not thinking about it, and to be honest, I can’t think about it right now,” the 38-year-old said on Monday, according to the New York Post. “At this stage, I’m not really thinking about it.”
Following the Yankees’ worst year since 1992, there are a whole lot of questions and not many answers. Manager Joe Girardi hasn’t even committed to returning.
“I want to keep that memory of mine,” Rivera told the crowd of 40,542, second largest of the season at Minute Maid Park behind Opening Day. “For that, I apologize. You guys deserved more, but I’m being a little selfish.”
Andy Pettitte’s final start was a storybook finish — a complete game win over the Astros on Saturday.
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.
I had just come from the clubhouse, along with a throng of reporters, swarming and barking at him like hyenas. Everyone wants to be like him. Everyone wants to be him. Everyone wants a piece of his peace.
David Robertson got the save as Mariano Rivera looked on, and the New York Yankees got a glimpse of their future in a 3-2 win over Houston on Friday night that sent the Astros to their team-record 13th consecutive loss.
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.