Mariano Rivera told reporters today that he intends to return to baseball after he recovers from a torn ACL that will end his 2012 season. "I'm coming back. Write it down in big letters. I'm not going out like this", Rivera said. "I love to play the game. To me, going out like this isn't the right way."
After hearing that Rivera would miss the rest of the season, it was easy to believe that we may have seen the last of number 42, despite how tragic an end to a Hall of Fame career that would be. Retirement rumors had swirled since Rivera arrived at Spring Training refusing to tell anyone about his future plans, aside from the fact that he knew what he wanted to do and no amount of money would change his mind.
It is only fitting that the greatest of them all would be able to end things on his own terms, not because of a freak accident on the warning track in Kansas City. With all the awful emotions of last night still fresh in our minds, this is the best news Yankees fans could have gotten.
In other Yankee news today, Cody Eppley has been recalled and DeWayne Wise will be joining him on the major league roster. Many of us here at PSA have been begging for Wise, who was tearing the cover off the ball at AAA, to be promoted to keep Raul Ibanez and co. out of the outfield on a nightly basis until Brett Gardner and Nick Swisher return to the lineup.