Final Image of Mo Took Place Where It Was Supposed To
September 28, 2013 – About an hour after Mariano Rivera met with ballpark employees at Minute Maid Field for the 21st and final meet-and-greet of the season (see blog entry below about previous meet-and-greets), he met with the media for what will likely be the last time as a player.
A large group of writers fired questions at Rivera for about 20 minutes in the visitors’ dugout, and during that time, the closer revealed that he will not take the mound in Houston. He said that he has nothing left.
With much respect for the fans of Houston, I believe Rivera made the right decision. After all, the incredible scenario that unfolded in the last game Rivera pitched in at Yankee Stadium is a moment that will live in the hearts of baseball fans forever. It’s the lasting image that every athlete would want fans to have of them.
For Rivera to come back to the mound and make that moment not be his last would not have made sense. It was the perfect ending, and now we all know that it was indeed our final image of the great Mariano Rivera on the mound.
–Alfred Santasiere III