So how much longer is Mariano Rivera going to do this? The 41-year-old closer, who’s now the proud owner of the all-time saves record, has one year left on his two-year, $30 million deal. Jorge Posada said if Rivera wanted to do it, he could pitch three or four more years.
“I’ll tell you one thing, spring training, this boy here almost didn’t let me go,” Rivera said, referring to his youngest son who was sitting with him at the front of the interview room after Monday’s historic event, along with his two other sons. “So it makes it harder. Every year is harder and harder. It’s a decision that we have to make as a family and we’ll go from there.
“I don’t know if I can pitch for another three years. I mean, it’s hard out there. It’s not easy. And I have no hair left. So I don’t know. I know I have another year and after that, I’ll let you know. I’ll let you know maybe in spring training next year what’s going to happen.”
Posada may not be around after this season, but he hopes Rivera will be here for a good while longer.
“It’s all up to him,” Posada said. “His family wants him home. That’s the toughest thing. But us as Yankees fans, we want him here because we need him here.”
As for the record, 602 and counting, Joe Girardi said he would be shocked if it’s broken “in our lifetime.”
Rivera said: “Records are made to be broken. I don’t know. All I hope is whoever is going to be there or do that, just respect the game the way I respect the game. That’s all I wish.”