Now, before everyone begins to have a conniption fit, remember that Mo usually gets the urge to want to spend more time with his family then it passes and he shows up with the rest of the pitchers in Tampa for Spring Training.
Also, in my humble opinion, I really don’t think that Mariano Rivera wants to end his Hall of Fame career with one of his last moments in a Yankee uniform being footage of him writhing in pain and grabbing his knee, on the warning track of Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, do you?
And considering how hard he worked to rehab his knee after his surgery, I can’t see him hanging it up just yet. (Let’s hope I’m right.)
So everyone take a deep breath, remember that this sort of story comes out every offseason and that until we hear the words, “I’m going to retire from the game of baseball,” from Rivera’s mouth, to remain calm.
UPDATED: Well, Marchand just tweeted that Rivera told Cashman on Tuesday that he was unsure whether he’d return or retire.
Cue the panic.