I just hate it when I go to bed on a twisted knee and wake-up to find a torn ACL. And, oh, how it happened…talk about really getting fuc…, er, I mean, shagged.
What a day for Jayson Nix, huh? The excitement of being called up to the Yankees, back in the big leagues, being in the starting line-up, and then hitting the BP fly ball that ended Mo Rivera’s season and most likely his career.
Of course, Nix is not to blame. But, now he has his name in Yankees history, for all-time, for a very sad reason. I feel bad for Nix. I hope he’s not taking this too hard.
I feel terrible for Rivera. This is not the way that his career is supposed to end. Granted, he’s an automatic first ballot Hall of Famer. That’s locked up. And, the odds are in his favor that he will be the all-time career saves leader for the rest of his life. But, it would have been nice to see him go out with a special moment during his last All-Star appearance and an even bigger moment during his last appearance, in uniform, as an active player, at Yankee Stadium.
I just hope this doesn’t become an excuse for the Yankees when they don’t make the post-season this year. It would not be right for the front office and/or players to get a buddy-pass on a bad job this season because Rivera blew out his knee.
The interesting question now is: Who will close for the Yankees in 2012? Do they use the guy with the best stuff (David Robertson) or the guy who is getting paid like a closer (Rafael Soriano)?
And, yes, I don’t think that Mo is coming back from this situation. Rehabilitation after ACL surgery may take several months to a year. So, you’re looking at a return in 2013. And, Rivera will be 43 at the end of this season. Plus, he was hinting that he wanted to retire after this season. When you add this all up, it sounds like the end of a career.
May 3rd, 2012 won’t ring in the minds of Yankees fans the way that August 2nd, 1979 does…and with good reason. Rivera had a great career, perhaps the one of the greatest of all-time, and he has the rest of his life in front of him. But, I think that Yankees fans will now always think of him whenever New York plays in Kansas City – especially when there’s a fly ball in the spot where Rivera was injured during BP. The whole thing is just terribly sad.
It seems like a bad dream.
Sleep with one eye open.
Gripping your pillow tight.
Take my hand.
We’re off to never-never land.