Sunday, September 29, 2013

No, Mariano Rivera will not pitch in Houston

Not only will Mariano Rivera not pitch in Houston, he won't play in center field, either.

Citing "tremendous soreness" in his arm, Rivera said:
I think I squeezed every ounce of fuel that I have in my tank. It’s empty. It’s nothing. I have nothing left. I give everything that I had, and I can say, I can go home and say, I used every talent that the Lord give me to play.

And regarding playing center:
I would’ve done it, but now my knee is not cooperating, and I don’t want to make a fool of myself out there. I respect the game too much for me to do something that I’m not supposed to do.

Yeah, that's probably for the best. Rivera's send-off Thursday at Yankee Stadium was too perfect for him to follow that up at Minute Maid Park.