Exit Sandman? Not so fast …
A day after Mariano Rivera went down with a torn ACL and torn meniscus that ended his 2012 season (a season many thought would be the final one for the 42-year-old reliever) he has vowed that, much like the Terminator he is on the mound, he will be back.
“I’m coming back. Write it down in big letters,” he told reporters, appearing in good spirits after being on the verge of tears just last night. “I’m not going down like this. God willing and given the strength, I’m coming back.”
You knew a career as great as Rivera’s couldn’t end with an injury suffered shagging fly balls and, in of all places, Kansas City.
The Future Hall of Famer arrived at his decision after meeting with Dr. David Altchek, who performed Rivera’s elbow surgery in 2008. Altchek told Rivera he could be back anywhere between three and five months.
Rivera’s contract is up after this year, but everyone’s pretty sure the Yankees will want him back. “Oh yeah,” he said. “They will want the old goat.”