I did not want to post a photo of Mo writhing in pain on the ground at Kauffman Stadium. There are plenty of them online for anyone to see.
Similarly, I did not want to post the video of his accident. It, too, is available for viewing just about anywhere.
What I wanted to post was an uplifting picture of the man who’s meant more to me in my Yankee fan life than any player ever – a picture of him in happier times to try and counter the image that’s haunting me right now….the image of Mo at his press conference tonight, teary and choked up and so very sad.
He said he didn’t expect his injury to be as severe as it is. He said he’s not going back to New York right away but rather is staying in KC to be with his team and make sure everybody’s okay. He said he doesn’t know if he’ll play this year, which is another way of saying “or ever again.” He, like his teammates, like his fans, seemed dazed, in shock.
I really can’t write about tonight’s loss to the Royals. Who cares.
I really can’t write about the state of the bullpen, either. It’ll get sorted out in time.
All I feel like doing is crying. Which is why I was grateful for Twitter. I could cry with hundreds of other Yankee fans, all of whom were brought to their knees by the events that unfolded in KC.
Is it the end of the world that Mariano Rivera suffered two knee injuries? Of course not. What’s devastating is that he was most likely to have retired after this season and if he can’t come back from rehabbing the knee it’ll be the end of his career, the end of “Enter Sandman.”
We were all expecting 2012 to be his farewell tour. What we didn’t expect was that the “tour” would end with a nine-pitch save against Baltimore.