Mariano Rivera is one of the greatest pitchers of all time, and not a soul in the game could find a bad word to say about him. Of course, I always hope for a rare blown save from him when he faces off against the Red Sox (or, even better, a Red Sox blowout and no save chance for Mo at all).
But when Rivera tore his ACL shagging flies during pregame warmups last May, I was as sad as any dyed-in-the-wool baseball fan. Rivera is too talented, too accomplished, and too well-respected to lose what he hinted might have been his final season to a fluke injury.
And so Rivera is back in pinstripes for this season, and he'll apparently be announcing his plan to retire at the end of the Yankees' 2013 run in a press conference on Saturday. I sincerely hope that Rivera enjoys great success in his final year - just not against the Red Sox.