I’ll be hosting a chat on the blog today at noon, and I’m sure it will include plenty of Mariano Rivera talk. For now, I’ll let the Yankees have their say. Here are several of the Yankees talking about last night’s stunning injury.
“Mo is Mo. There’s never been anyone like him. There won’t be anyone like him. You can’t go out there and try to compare yourself to him. You just go out there and try to get outs and do your job. … It was a freak thing. If it was someone out there that never really is out there and didn’t know what they were doing then it would be a different story, but Mo gets his conditioning when he’s out there shagging fly balls. He’s like a center fielder anyway. It’s a freak thing. There’s no other way you can explain it.”
“It’s hard to even talk about it tonight. Mo means so much to all of us on a personal level. Obviously there’s significance on the field, on the mound with his presence. The bottom line is, we’re the New York Yankees. Nobody is going to feel sorry for us. We have a very capable roster in here. Guys have to step up, see it as an opportunity.”
“There’s really nothing you can do. He was just shagging. It’s unfortunate. … It’s crazy. It’s tough, but we’re just going to do whatever we can to step up and try to fill the void of the best closer to ever play baseball. It’s going to be real tough, but we have to keep going.”
“He’s the anchor of our bullpen, and it’s a guy that’s always there, always consistent. For something like this to happen and this is how we lose him, it’s tough. It’s really tough. It’s just like snap your fingers and he’s out. … I don’t know if I’m prepared to do it or not. I’m going to go out there and give it everything I’ve got and hope for the best. I’m not Mariano Rivera. I’m not going to be able to go out there and do exactly what he does and get outs real quickly. I’m a different style pitcher. I’ve never done it. All I can do is say I’m going to try real hard.”
“Accidents happen. That’s all I can say. You can get hurt getting out of bed, literally. You can get hurt doing anything. That’s Mo. Part of what makes him great is that he’s so athletic, and he loves to run around out there, loves to have fun. You don’t play this game for 15-plus years without having fun.”
“This is bad, no question about it. This is not what you come to Kansas City for to hear, but good teams find a way to overcome things. If we want to play in October, we’re going to have to find a way to overcome it. … It’s not what you want, but it’s not season over. We’ve got a lot of games left. You can win games a lot of different ways. Do I like having a deep bullpen, just like every other manager? Yes. Does this shorten it? Yes. Is it a big guy that you’re losing? Yes. But you’ve got to find a way to overcome it.”