I just read this on Lohud and let out a wail in my empty house.
Mariano Rivera has made up his mind about next season. He said it was “two or three weeks” ago that he decided whether or not to retire, but he’s not ready to make that decision public.
“I know,” Rivera said. “I know now. Definitely. I won’t let you know now, but I know.”
Rivera tried to be cryptic about his decision, but everything he said heavily suggested that he’s decided to retire. A few of his comments:
• “It doesn’t depend on how I’m going to pitch. Always I want to do my job, but I’ve made my decision already.”
• “Even if I save 90 games. Even if they want to pay as much money as they want to, any team, (it won’t change the decision).”
• “Decisions like that are always hard. Always. They involve what you do and what you have done for 22 years. Decisions like that are always hard, difficult, but at the same time, they have to be made.”
• “I know what I want to do after this. There’s a lot of things I want to do after baseball. I always tell you guys that. It’s something that everybody goes through.”
• “If I wanted to become a manager I would continue playing until I can’t no more because you have to do the same thing, traveling and traveling.”
• “This one is different. This is it. This one is my decision.”
I knew this was coming. And I do understand why Mo would want to hang it up after this season. But as I’ve said many times, I can’t imagine my Yankee-fan life without him in it.
I also know I’ll savor every appearance he makes this season, all too keenly aware that it could be his last.