Mariano Rivera To Retire After The 2013 Season


As expected, Mariano Rivera announced at this morning’s press conference in Tampa that he will retire after this season.  And as we’ve come to expect, Mo handled it in the honest, thankful, and humble way that only he can.  In a testament just to what type of player, teammate, and person he’s been in his 19 years as a Yankee, the entire Yankee team attended the press conference along with all the high-ups in the Yankee front office.  One thing that never gets old is how Mo comes across when talking to the media.  It’s not a stretch to say he’s the most professional professional athlete of all time.  Here are a few examples from things he said during the press conference:

“I would love to say that it has been a privilege and an honor to wear the pinstripes.”

“I have to give everything and the tank is almost empty. The little gas that I have left is everything for this year. After this year I am empty.”

“I’m a team player, if it wasn’t for my teammates I wouldn’t have had the opportunity. I want to be remembered for being a good teammates and helping others. That’s the legacy I want to leave.”

On playing with Pettitte and Jeter: “Again, I always mention the word ‘blessed’ because it’s a blessing more to be able to play with men like Andy and Derek and many others.”

So now we know, from the mouth of the man himself.  2013 will be Mo’s final season and there will be many more times throughout the season that we’ll get to revisit that fact and look back on all the great moments he’s had in his career.

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8 thoughts on “Mariano Rivera To Retire After The 2013 Season

  1. Simply the Best, says it all. Good luck to him and I look forward to hearing Mo's 2019 HOF acceptance speech.

  2. Food for thought. As I said above, simply the best. Having said that. This announcement makes me think that Jeter will definitely play in 2014. I don't think Jeter wants to take away from Rivera's retirement tour so to speak by also retiring. Then the question becomes does Jeter just exercise his 2014 player option at the appropriate time OR does he decline it and try and negotiate a new deal with the Yankees be it for 1 year at a high number or maybe a multiple year deal. Like I said food for thought.

  3. What struck me thoughout was his humilty. Here stands the greatest reliever of all time and he is unfailingly humble, not a trace of ego or entitlement. Thankful, grateful, wants to stay in the game as a minor league instructor when a job at the MLB level is his for the asking. As Cash said, hes more than just a great player, hes a rare and special human being.