Doing what he loves to do, shagging fly balls in the outfield, 42-year-old Yankee closer, Mariano Rivera, tore his ACL on Thursday. This will keep him off the mound for the rest of the 2012 season, at least.
So, what happens now? Sure, Rafael Soriano or David Robertson could replace Mo in the closer spot; but, Rivera plays a bigger role on the Yankees than just a pitcher.
He’s the heart to the pitching staff - the heart to the Yankee team.
Retiring just six months ago, Jorge Posada returns to Yankee Stadium to throw out the first pitch on Opening Day. Backed by his former teammates, Posada threw the pitch to his father. It was truly an emotional moment.
Yankee catcher Jorge Posada retires after a 17-year career with the New York Yankees.
“I will always be a Yankee,” Posada said in November. “The New York Yankees, for me, is my second family.”
To me, Posada ignited the dugout. Also, playing the crucial position behind the plate, Posada was at the heart of the Yankee team.
I will miss my favorite Yankee, but I cannot be happier that he has decided to retire in navy blue pinstripes.
“To all of you ‘baseball fans’ out there: root for the team of your choice and give respect to others when it’s deserved.” - Lisa Gallo
Congratulations Detroit; good season New York.
I’m a baseball fan before I’m a Yankees’ fan. I respect Major League Baseball and all the teams within it.
After establishing that, Joe Girardi and the entire Yankees’ organization needs to focus on making their team young and fresh. Yes, players like Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada (my personal favorite Yankee), have experience and confidence and knowledge when it comes to the game - but, are they always the quickest and the most clutch? No, they are not.
Players like Brett Gardner (another favorite of mine) are what will allow the Yankees to succeed - speed, agility and hustle. Characteristics of an athlete, not just a baseball player.
We could also use some better starting pitching, of course.
Like I said about a year ago: there’s always next year. I’ll be a Yankees’ fan my entire life; they’ve got time.
Despite my doubts, A.J. Burnett proved himself to his team, to his fans and to himself.
Pitching 5 2/3 innings last night and giving up only one run, Burnett (with offensive help, of course) brought the ALDS back to the Bronx - giving the Yankees one more opportunity to reach championship No. 28.
With bases loaded in the first inning, Burnett showed signs of an uneasy night with unpredictable pitching. Starting the bottom of the second, he found his groove and turned the game around to clinch the win.
And I cannot forget to mention Mr. Clutch last night: Curtis Granderson. He may have saved the entire game with the inning-ending catch with bases loaded in the first. That catch allowed the Tigers zero runs and allowed the Yankees to continue the game with hope. Who knows, maybe Grandy’s catch even gave Burnett the confidence he needed for the second inning?
Finally, Alex Rodriguez and Tex made some contact and got on base.
Overall, the Yankees deserve their spot tomorrow night. Now, let’s see what Nova has to offer.
The highest paid guy in the big leagues is currently 0-10 in the 2011 postseason. You tell me who’s a waste of money for the New York Yankees …
I’m not a Rays fan; I’m not an Orioles fan; even as a die-hard Yankees fan, I’m not exactly fond of Alex Rodriguez. But, his words perfectly describe the way I feel about baseball:
“That’s why baseball is the greatest game,” Alex Rodriguez said. “We’re all baseball fans. The emotion of today was something you can’t dream up when you make up the schedule.”
Last night was one of the most amazing nights in baseball that I have ever witnessed. A race for the wildcard - a spot in the postseason - for both the NL and the AL took place. The results were bizarre and unpredictable, to say the least.
After going 76-0 when leading after the eight inning this season, Boston fell to the Orioles in the bottom of the ninth 4-3 last night. Jonathan Papelbon, the Red Sox most trusted closer, gave up Boston’s chance in the postseason.
Just three minutes later, the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Yankees. Coming back from a 7-0 deficit in the eighth, Evan Longoria seized a spot in the MLB postseason for his team with his second homer of the night.
The Yankees haven’t given up a 7-run lead after the eighth inning since the early 1950s.
Something tells me the Rays deserved that win. Or, maybe the Boston Red Sox just didn’t deserve a win. All I know is, last night reminded me why I love the sport of baseball.
It truly was a fairy tale.
Derek Jeter: the first Yankee in the history of baseball to reach 3,000 hits.
5-for-5, game-winning RBI, and not to mention - number 3,000 was a home run. A homerun off the the opposing team’s ace, all star pitcher, David Price. A home run for a player not exactly famous for his power at the plate.
The pride of being a Yankee fan just sinks in with this feat and my respect for true Yankees, like Jeter, grows unconditionally.
I think the beauty of this moment speaks for itself.
Talk to you soon, sports fans.