Happy Birthday, Mariano Rivera!

Mariano Rivera

Today is Mariano Rivera‘s 44th birthday.

Last year on this date, he signed a one-year deal for the 2013 season and at the time, most of us didn’t realize that it would be his last season. It wasn’t totally out of the question but we all believed Mo could pitch until he was 50. Alas, he made the decision to retire and we got to see his farewell tour in 2013.

Now, it didn’t end the way Yankee fans would have hoped – with a World Series Championship – but we still watched some pretty special moments unfold this past season. And while it will be odd to see someone else is jogging out of the bullpen in the ninth inning next season as with everything else, life does go on.

So happy birthday to Mo and thanks for the memories!

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.