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Rivera: I will be ready

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Feb 14, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Mariano Rivera gave his annual State of the Greatest Closer Ever speech this morning. It centered on the health of his shoulder, which underwent a surgical procedure in October.

Rivera had a bone spur that was taken out. After a winter of rehab, he started tossing about two weeks ago. He has yet to throw off the mound, which is not particularly unusual for him. Rivera generally need 8-10 innings in the spring to get ready.

Asked whether he was worried, Rivera shook his head. “It will be there,” he said. “It will be there.”

Rivera also likes what the Yankees did to rebuild their rotation. “We have a great team to bring a championship to the new Stadium,” he said.

Rivera, by the way, turned 39 in November.





7 Responses to “Rivera: I will be ready”

  1. North February 14th, 2009 at 9:59 am

    We all love you Mo :D

  2. Betsy February 14th, 2009 at 10:01 am

    I can’t believe Rivera is 39……I can’t believe Jeter is 34 and I can’t believe Andy is graying already. My goodness, how time has flown…..yet Rivera remains ageless. It always amazes me how little work the man needs to stay in baseball shape, but then he’s a tremendous athlete – just lithe as a cat (I love how he pounces off the mound to field his position).

  3. Betsy February 14th, 2009 at 10:02 am

    From the prior thread:

    SJ, although I wasn’t at last night’s event, I read Alex’ speech in the papers and I was impressed. As you said, he’s not about to commit Hari Kari because the media won’t let this go. I honestly think the very best thing he could do would be to ignore the media – just don’t read the papers or listen to sports talk radio. Why should he (or any player) care what these clowns think? These mediots are taking this all too personally, as if Alex killed their pets. I don’t like Keith Law, but he nailed it when he compared the behavior of A-Rod and Ray Lewis and the reactions to both by fans and media. It’s a joke. One more piece of advice for Alex – nothing he does (even before this story broke, this was the case) will ever be good enough, so at the press conference, he should just be himself – be human, be genuine. If that doesn’t satisfy the media’s need for a pound of flesh, so be it. It’s a one and done deal…….. Still, every time he hits a HR this season or has a big game, the mediots will question the legitimacy – we’d better be prepared.

  4. Betsy February 14th, 2009 at 10:03 am

    On Hank Aaron – I was too young to see him play, but he’s always been one of my favorite players ever. His comments about Bonds still being the HR king don’t surprise me a bit. He’s remains as classy and gracious as ever – a real gentleman who honors the sport by his presence.

    SJ – I didn’t realize that Goodell froze his salary. The day that Selig does that is the day that you-know-what freezes over.

    Humberto Sanchez is beginning to frustrate me – the guy can not stay healthy. I would not count on him to play any role whatsoever this year for the Yankees…..

    I will be checking this blog constantly for updates on the workouts today. Ah, the sound of AJ and CC fastballs popping in the glove……the true sounds of spring.

  5. S.A.-The 2009 MLB season is almost here February 14th, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Love the Mo

  6. EricNS February 14th, 2009 at 10:15 am

    Love you Mo! You are class personified!

  7. Jessica Lee February 14th, 2009 at 10:18 am

    Can’t image I will watch Yankees playing without Mo one day…..Mo, we all love you.

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