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2012-05-04 09:38:03 AM
Exit, sandman. :(

CSS--I saw Metallica a couple of years ago in Charlottesville VA. When they started playing the intro to "Enter Sandman" at least three people yelled "They're bringing Mo in!" I laughed my ass off.

/thanks for being awesome, Mo
//thanks for giving Mo props, other teams' fans
 
2012-05-04 09:39:23 AM

FreakinB: downtownkid: /Mo Rivera: great reliever, shiatty outfielder

Actually, from what I've heard people say about watching him in practice over the years it sounds like he could have been a great defensive outfielder. Whether he could hit is another story.


Having watched him shag fly balls before a good number of games, he was better than 90% of the center fielders in baseball. He looked like Carlos Beltran in his prime, where he would just glide to the ball with almost no effort.
 
2012-05-04 09:39:37 AM

downtownkid: FreakinB: downtownkid: /Mo Rivera: great reliever, shiatty outfielder

Actually, from what I've heard people say about watching him in practice over the years it sounds like he could have been a great defensive outfielder. Whether he could hit is another story.

Yeah, was just having some fun. Reportedly a great fielder who shagged balls pre-game as long as he's been playing. Tough break but a great career.


It is fun. Who didn't like being in the outfield during practice as a kid, while a grown up hit fly balls out there for you?
 
2012-05-04 09:43:43 AM
Very depressing news - hopefully Mo can recover and maybe come back next year. Fark - even if it's an honorary 1-day contract to pitch one more game and not go out like this.

What I'll miss most about Mo: his insanely cool demeanor. Ever a beacon of class, he punctuated each save with an understated fist pump and a handshake with the catcher. He wasn't showy - he didn't have a scaryfaceofdoom, he didn't jump around the mound after a strikeout. He was the ultimate sportsman. Hopefully this won't be the end.
 
2012-05-04 09:46:08 AM
Rivera tears ACL, Re Sox fans taunt and celebrate.

Just kidding, Red Sox fans show class to a class act through and through.

Check out the comments on Boston.Com. Boston fans in a single voice salute greatest closer ever.

http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/articles/2012/05/04/rivera_tear s _acl_before_royals_beat_yankees/?comments=all&plckCurrentPage=1
 
2012-05-04 09:51:47 AM
Not to be a dick, but...David Robertson has to be the closer now, right? Not Soriano? There's an enormous bid to be made in my fantasy league.

/normally don't pay for saves but I'm desperate and have barely spent so far
 
2012-05-04 09:58:38 AM
Best Yankee ever!

/Sad Sox fan
 
2012-05-04 10:00:18 AM

Dead for Tax Reasons: thomps: cameroncrazy1984: The guy who hit the ball Rivera was going after was hit by Jayson Nix, called up today.

Talk about a way to start your MLB career...

not even one at-bat into his career and he's already got pitchers shaking at the knees.

[Quizzicaldog.jpg]

Don't watchmuch baseball, eh
jayson nix


yeah that was an attempt at a joke based on the premise that he caused rivera to injure his knee...
 
2012-05-04 10:04:23 AM
As a Sox fan, gotta say
1. Hate to see a guy go out like this. I mean, he was an epic closer. There will be none better than him for a long long time. And
2. I think he's done. I mean, if you're already pondering retirement, and then you're faced with this injury, which for him to get back into paying shape is gonna take pissloads of rehab and work, I would just say "F it, I'm done". Why rehab your butt off to pitch for a season or two?

I'm mean, I still hate the Yankees, but Rivera was a worth adversary. Much like Rivera's acl, I'm torn.
 
2012-05-04 10:04:28 AM
Not to be a dick, but...David Robertson has to be the closer now, right? Not Soriano? There's an enormous bid to be made in my fantasy league.

/normally don't pay for saves but I'm desperate and have barely spent so far


Yeah, Robertson will be the guy.
 
2012-05-04 10:15:04 AM
Cubs will send you Marmol. He's really good....
 
2012-05-04 10:21:02 AM

FreakinB: Not to be a dick, but...David Robertson has to be the closer now, right? Not Soriano? There's an enormous bid to be made in my fantasy league.

/normally don't pay for saves but I'm desperate and have barely spent so far


thats what people are betting on. Every fantasy baseball league had someone pick up Robertson by midnight.

/(so mad I didn't jump the gun)
 
2012-05-04 10:26:12 AM

thecpt: FreakinB: Not to be a dick, but...David Robertson has to be the closer now, right? Not Soriano? There's an enormous bid to be made in my fantasy league.

/normally don't pay for saves but I'm desperate and have barely spent so far

thats what people are betting on. Every fantasy baseball league had someone pick up Robertson by midnight.

/(so mad I didn't jump the gun)


My league's bidding closes tomorrow so I have some time. Blind bidding though, so I'm completely in the dark.
 
2012-05-04 10:29:57 AM
 
2012-05-04 10:35:20 AM

MattyFridays: SilentStrider: nmrsnr: Last man to wear #42 in baseball retires at 42. Fitting enough.

I'm curious how thats going to work whennthey go to retire 42 im the Bronx. I'm guessing it will go down as the only number retired for two players on the same team.

Jackie Robinson played for the Yankees?

That said --

Yankees have #8 retired for Bill Dickey and Yogi Berra.

The New York Rangers have #9 retired for Adam Graves and Andy Bathgate.

(Graves' 9 was retired first, then a few months later, the Rangers lifted Bathgate's 9 to the rafters as well)


Expos have #10 retired for Rusty Staub and Andre Dawson, Reds #5 for Willard Hershberger and Johnny Bench, Cubs #31 for Ferguson Jenkins and Greg Maddux.

As much as I despise the Yankees, I have a boat load of respect for Mo. Would be sad to see such an amazing career end this way.

/Mets fan
 
2012-05-04 10:38:07 AM
Robertson's the closer until he messes up.

Then it's up to... The Binder.
 
2012-05-04 10:38:33 AM
Aaaaaaaand the final nail in the coffin of my fantasy season has been hammered.

Goddammitsomuch.
 
2012-05-04 10:40:17 AM
Drat. Back to 9 inning baseball.

If anyone still hasn't seen this, it's worth a click:

Every Mo pitch
 
2012-05-04 10:41:39 AM

Di Atribe: I like the Yankees


I dont even know you
 
2012-05-04 10:50:49 AM

mikaloyd: Di Atribe: I like the Yankees

I dont even know you


HA! She said it, she can't un-say it!
 
2012-05-04 10:52:10 AM
I just had a physical therapy appointment last night for the exact same industry. And I have Mo on my fantasy baseball team so this somehow doubly sucks. I'm not a yankees fan but I always like him growing up. I'd say he could pitch again, they're getting very good at the acl repair surgery. He might just want to hang it up and not go through the year of rehab that it will take to get him back to a professional level.
 
2012-05-04 10:52:20 AM

Cybernetic: That sucks. I'm no Yankees fan, but Rivera has always been a great pitcher, and seems to be classy guy.

At least it wasn't one of those humiliating off-the-field injuries, like "stabbed myself in the hand with a knife in my own kitchen punched a fire extinguisher case"


FTF topicalness
 
2012-05-04 10:52:25 AM

Why Would I Read the Article: Sweet. And I had just picked up David Robertson yesterday morning because my pitching staff was in shambles, and I just needed somebody who could throw one inning without giving up eleventy runs.

Now its looks like I've got myself another closer. Peace out, Mo!


Drafted him for holds, laughing now at stumbling into closer.
 
2012-05-04 11:01:49 AM
At least his career didn't end by pulling a Clemente.
 
2012-05-04 11:02:49 AM
If that's it, he was the greatest. I'll never understand how he could get so many batters out when they knew the cutter was coming, but it worked for, like, 20 years, so good on him.
And that's the Mariano Rivera lesson. To be successful, you don't have to be great at everything. Just be great at one thing.

/It also helps if 40,000 people are willing to pay $50 to watch you do that one thing 75 times a year.
 
2012-05-04 11:06:12 AM
Sad to hear it.

/Go Cards
 
2012-05-04 11:14:20 AM

UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: Knees are what took out Nolan Ryan after 27 years. His arm? A surgeon could have grafted that onto a nineteen-year-old and it would still be in the majors.


Incorrect. Where did you get that utterly false idea that sounds like you've repeated it a hundred times?

http://miscbaseball.wordpress.com/2010/01/25/nolan-ryans-final-start/

/at that game
//he was done before I made it to my seat
 
2012-05-04 11:14:41 AM

mikaloyd: Di Atribe: I like the Yankees

I dont even know you


TO HAVE ALL OF THEIR WEAPONS WHEN THEY ARE CRUSHED! Important prepositional phrase! Very important end to the sentence! DAMMIT MIKA
 
2012-05-04 11:26:08 AM
Sterling career & seems to personify the Yankee image of dignity both on & off the field.

That said, holy cow, ESPN, he's injured, not dead. This is not a life altering tragedy. Of course asking ESPN to have any kind perspective on any of the NY sports teams is asking the impossible.

Oh & if the Assistant to the Yankee Traveling Secretary happens to be reading this, I'm sure the Indians will be willing to offer you Chris Perez for Curtis Granderson, straight up! C'mon, you know you want to see The Hair in Pinstripes. Heck, I'm sure Cleveland would be willing to throw in Matt Laporta, too!
 
2012-05-04 11:27:36 AM
Damn... He's really the only member of the Yankees I've ever liked. Sorta like the way I feel about Troy Polamalu and the Steelers.

/O's and Ravens fan.
 
2012-05-04 11:29:02 AM
All-time ERA+ leaderboard

Absolutely mind-boggling. And he did it pitching through his late 30s and early 40s (an age when mere mortals can be expected to decline and lower their overall career numbers). Note that the guy who is a very, very distant second had a somewhat shortened career and did not pitch a great number of innings after age 35.
 
2012-05-04 11:29:56 AM
This is a damn shame. Mariano Rivera deserved to end his career on the mound, not clutching his knee during BP. I don't see him coming back from a torn ACL and meniscus at his age, especially given he was on the verge of retirement in all likelihood.

One of the best closers to ever play the game, up there with Hoffman, Eckersley, and Lee Smith. As a Red Sox fan, he was one of the few Yankees I could honestly respect. As someone else said, I hope he gets a standing ovation here in Boston - he's earned it.

Mid_mo_mad_man: I was at the game last night. Wasn't there for bp. By the time the game started the Yanks fans were ready to lynch the groundskeeper. Most were blaming this on him on this injury. Some how poor conditions to them caused this


For some reason, I recall reading that the warning track at Kauffman Field is notorious for being awful. That being said, I don't think the groundskeeper can really take the blame here.

bulldg4life: UNAUTHORIZED FINGER: His arm? A surgeon could have grafted that onto a nineteen-year-old and it would still be in the majors.

Nolan Ryan blew out his arm in his next to last start.


Yup, tore a ligament. The impressive thing is he threw one last pitch after the injury, before he came out of the game. It registered 98 MPH on the radar gun.
 
2012-05-04 11:33:29 AM
i537.photobucket.com
 
2012-05-04 11:34:13 AM

FiendishFellow05: bulldg4life: Nolan Ryan blew out his arm in his next to last start.

Yup, tore a ligament. The impressive thing is he threw one last pitch after the injury, before he came out of the game. It registered 98 MPH on the radar gun.


So it was a changeup?
 
2012-05-04 11:38:42 AM

robsul82: Poor Mo. The best closer ever and his career might've ended on that fluky shiat. So farking sad.


No kidding. I mean, you knew Mo wasn't going to be there forever. Still, I don't think he'll go out like that; he'd want to go out on his own terms.
 
2012-05-04 11:42:23 AM
This one isn't cool. A-Rod, Teixeira, or any of the Rays and I would be fine with it.

But Rivera, it just seems like it shouldn't happen, that he should have decided when to go.

/Sox fan
 
2012-05-04 11:47:36 AM
RIP Geraldo Rivera


cache.boston.com
 
2012-05-04 11:56:04 AM

VvonderJesus: Cybernetic: That sucks. I'm no Yankees fan, but Rivera has always been a great pitcher, and seems to be classy guy.

At least it wasn't one of those humiliating off-the-field injuries, like "stabbed myself in the hand with a knife in my own kitchen punched a fire extinguisher case"

FTF topicalness


That was basketball. Baseball has a long, weird history of players injuring themselves off the field in humiliating ways:

Sammy Sosa hurt himself sneezing.
Wade Boggs injured himself putting on a pair of cowboy boots.
Jeff Kent broke his hand washing his car.
Joel Zumaya hurt himself playing Guitar Hero.

One guy actually did stab himself in the hand, while using a knife to separate frozen hamburgers in his kitchen. Can't remember who that was.
 
2012-05-04 12:01:59 PM

Cybernetic: VvonderJesus: Cybernetic: That sucks. I'm no Yankees fan, but Rivera has always been a great pitcher, and seems to be classy guy.

At least it wasn't one of those humiliating off-the-field injuries, like "stabbed myself in the hand with a knife in my own kitchen punched a fire extinguisher case"

FTF topicalness

That was basketball. Baseball has a long, weird history of players injuring themselves off the field in humiliating ways:

Sammy Sosa hurt himself sneezing.
Wade Boggs injured himself putting on a pair of cowboy boots.
Jeff Kent broke his hand washing his car.
Joel Zumaya hurt himself playing Guitar Hero.

One guy actually did stab himself in the hand, while using a knife to separate frozen hamburgers in his kitchen. Can't remember who that was.


That would be Jeremy Affeldt, who is currently on the DL because he hurt his knee hugging his 4 year old son.
 
2012-05-04 12:03:24 PM

Cybernetic: VvonderJesus: Cybernetic: That sucks. I'm no Yankees fan, but Rivera has always been a great pitcher, and seems to be classy guy.

At least it wasn't one of those humiliating off-the-field injuries, like "stabbed myself in the hand with a knife in my own kitchen punched a fire extinguisher case"

FTF topicalness

That was basketball. Baseball has a long, weird history of players injuring themselves off the field in humiliating ways:

Sammy Sosa hurt himself sneezing.
Wade Boggs injured himself putting on a pair of cowboy boots.
Jeff Kent broke his hand washing his car.
Joel Zumaya hurt himself playing Guitar Hero.

One guy actually did stab himself in the hand, while using a knife to separate frozen hamburgers in his kitchen. Can't remember who that was.


That would be Jeremy Affeldt. He's also got a second slot on the 'freak injury' lis this year: He sprained his MCL when his 4' 6", 60 pound four-year-old kid jumped into his arms when he got home from a game.
 
2012-05-04 12:04:18 PM

scandalrag: Cybernetic: VvonderJesus: Cybernetic: That sucks. I'm no Yankees fan, but Rivera has always been a great pitcher, and seems to be classy guy.

At least it wasn't one of those humiliating off-the-field injuries, like "stabbed myself in the hand with a knife in my own kitchen punched a fire extinguisher case"

FTF topicalness

That was basketball. Baseball has a long, weird history of players injuring themselves off the field in humiliating ways:

Sammy Sosa hurt himself sneezing.
Wade Boggs injured himself putting on a pair of cowboy boots.
Jeff Kent broke his hand washing his car.
Joel Zumaya hurt himself playing Guitar Hero.

One guy actually did stab himself in the hand, while using a knife to separate frozen hamburgers in his kitchen. Can't remember who that was.

That would be Jeremy Affeldt, who is currently on the DL because he hurt his knee hugging his 4 year old son.


Damn my slow, over-thought typing!
 
2012-05-04 12:05:15 PM

scandalrag: Cybernetic: VvonderJesus: Cybernetic: That sucks. I'm no Yankees fan, but Rivera has always been a great pitcher, and seems to be classy guy.

At least it wasn't one of those humiliating off-the-field injuries, like "stabbed myself in the hand with a knife in my own kitchen punched a fire extinguisher case"

FTF topicalness

That was basketball. Baseball has a long, weird history of players injuring themselves off the field in humiliating ways:

Sammy Sosa hurt himself sneezing.
Wade Boggs injured himself putting on a pair of cowboy boots.
Jeff Kent broke his hand washing his car.
Joel Zumaya hurt himself playing Guitar Hero.

One guy actually did stab himself in the hand, while using a knife to separate frozen hamburgers in his kitchen. Can't remember who that was.

That would be Jeremy Affeldt, who is currently on the DL because he hurt his knee hugging his 4 year old son.


Joba Chamberlain shattered his ankle on a trampoline.
Carl Pavano broke his ribs crashing his car while getting a hummer.
 
2012-05-04 12:07:15 PM

Di Atribe: mikaloyd: Di Atribe: I like the Yankees

I dont even know you

TO HAVE ALL OF THEIR WEAPONS WHEN THEY ARE CRUSHED! Important prepositional phrase! Very important end to the sentence! DAMMIT MIKA


imageshack.us
 
2012-05-04 12:10:51 PM

Cybernetic: VvonderJesus: Cybernetic: That sucks. I'm no Yankees fan, but Rivera has always been a great pitcher, and seems to be classy guy.

At least it wasn't one of those humiliating off-the-field injuries, like "stabbed myself in the hand with a knife in my own kitchen punched a fire extinguisher case"

FTF topicalness

That was basketball. Baseball has a long, weird history of players injuring themselves off the field in humiliating ways:

Sammy Sosa hurt himself sneezing.
Wade Boggs injured himself putting on a pair of cowboy boots.
Jeff Kent broke his hand washing his car.
Joel Zumaya hurt himself playing Guitar Hero.

One guy actually did stab himself in the hand, while using a knife to separate frozen hamburgers in his kitchen. Can't remember who that was.


Still believe that story, hm? Favorite one for me is Kaz Sasaki falling on his suitcase...

...oh, and Pavano, too
 
2012-05-04 12:27:22 PM

MattyFridays: TrainingWheelsNeeded:

this is the last year of his contract, he is 42 years old and knees are kinda important for throwing a baseball. How much would you pay him?

HE'S MARIANO F'N RIVERA. You give him a one year deal at the same pay level he had this year, and give him a proper sendoff. You continue to give him one year deals if he wants to pitch.


So much this. If he wants to come back and give it a shot they better let him. That organization owes him at least that. He absolutely deserves to go out on top.

As far as him getting respect at Fenway. Oh yea, if he makes an appearance expect much love. We love to hate the team but gotta respect most of the players.

/Sox Fan
//Fark A-Rod
 
2012-05-04 12:27:36 PM

The Bestest: scandalrag: Cybernetic: VvonderJesus: Cybernetic: Joba Chamberlain shattered his ankle on a trampoline.
Carl Pavano broke his ribs crashing his car while getting a hummer.


Ya' think some sort of directive along the lines of, "Don't do a motherfarkingthing except take the mound" in order for Andy Pettitte?

shiat, it's been a tough season for Yankee pitchers & we've only closed the books on April!
 
2012-05-04 12:36:37 PM
I know it's just sports, but...man. Mo!

We were spoiled for years. If I'm lucky to live 50 more years, I really doubt my answer to "Greatest Yankee I've ever seen" will change.

I honestly can't even look at him down on the ground like that. He's supposed to be superhuman.
 
2012-05-04 12:38:19 PM

Captain Steroid: Di Atribe: mikaloyd: Di Atribe: I like the Yankees

I dont even know you

TO HAVE ALL OF THEIR WEAPONS WHEN THEY ARE CRUSHED! Important prepositional phrase! Very important end to the sentence! DAMMIT MIKA

Fool, please

i27.photobucket.com

 
2012-05-04 12:38:22 PM
Please take Marmol, Yankees. Please.
 
2012-05-04 12:39:38 PM
also the sympathy and reaction to Rivera is on par with Seau which seems very odd to me. No one is freaking out about Derrick Rose who had the same injury and you know, is 23.
 
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