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Pregame notes: “I will not be making a fool of myself”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Sep 26, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Mariano Rivera

With no hope of making the postseason, the Yankees might has well find a way to have some fun with these last four games. And what could be more fun than sending Mariano Rivera to play center field?

Rivera, though, wasn’t exactly laughing about the idea.

“If my body permit it,” he said. “One thing I will tell you, if I can do it, I will do it. If I cannot do it, I will not be making a fool of myself there. I’m a professional, and this is not a joke for me. This is serious. This is business. I respect the game, and with that, I leave it like that. If I’m OK, if I can do it, I will do it. If not, it’s fine.”

Rivera seems perfectly serious about his desire to play center field — despite last year’s injury, he has a terrific reputation for shagging fly balls pregame, and his athleticism is well known — but he wants to do it because he thinks he can do it well, not necessarily as a bucket list item.

“It’s not a game for me, guys,” he said. “I don’t know how you guys are taking it, but this is not a game for me. It’s something that I respect. I put the request (to play an inning in center field) way back, a long time ago, and now my knees are not the same. We’ll see what happens.”

First, comes Rivera’s final game at Yankee Stadium, which Rivera acknowledged could be even more emotional than Sunday’s pregame ceremony.

“I can’t tell you about that, but we’ll see,” he said. “It’s going to be hard, definitely.”

Andy Pettitte• Andy Pettitte will make his final career start on Saturday, not Friday. Joe Girardi said he has not decided who will start Friday or Sunday, which makes it sound like Hiroki Kuroda isn’t necessarily going to start the season finale, even though he would be on turn. Adam Warren, a logical spot-start option, said he hasn’t heard anything about whether he might start one of those games.

• The Yankees have shot down a report that Alex Rodriguez is not traveling with the team to Houston. The expectation is that Rodriguez will be there for this weekend’s series. “I know some reports came out, but we expect him to be there,” Girardi said. “He does not have permission not to be there.”

• As for not playing Rodriguez today, Girardi said that’s a direct reaction to last night’s game, when Rodriguez asked out because his legs were sore. “I didn’t put him in the lineup because of yesterday,” Girardi said. “I’ll check when he gets here.”

• Girardi said Rivera will absolutely pitch tonight, and Rivera said he doesn’t necessarily want to make this his final big league game. He doesn’t feel a need to have his last appearance come in the Bronx. “I’ll be pitching here,” he said. “And if I have the opportunity to pitch in Houston, I will pitch in Houston too.”

• Girardi on the legacy of Bud Selig: “He’s the one who brought the wild card and the change there,” Girardi said. “My guess is the hot topic right now is the PED program, so that might be the No. 1 thing. Maybe he (announced his retirement a year early) because he saw what Mo did, so he could have a (farewell) year.”

• With all the talk of Rivera and Pettitte playing their final games — and possibly Robinson Cano as well — it’s worth remembering that Girardi’s contract ends after this season. He could be managing his last game at Yankee Stadium. “I remember brining my son to the ballpark here, to the old ballpark, thinking it might be my last time ever at Yankee Stadium,” Girardi said. “Lo and behold, I was here a lot more years after that. I don’t necessarily think like that any more.”

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27 Responses to “Pregame notes: “I will not be making a fool of myself””

  1. MTU September 26th, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Change is in the air.

    Hopefully it will be for the best.

    Either way it’s coming though.

    ;)

  2. Bronx Jeers September 26th, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Rivera has long said he’d like to try before retirement. Rivera won’t play center field tonight — “Because it is meaningful for Tampa,” Girardi said

    —————-

    I don’t think Tampa will mind.

    Just like they didn’t mind Scott Proctor 2 seasons ago.

  3. yankeefeminista September 26th, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Sitting on the Macombs Dam Bridge, looking at Yankee Stadium in the distance. I have an empty feeling. And can’t imagine what Mo coming in to the game tonight will be like. But we will celebrate him in pinstripes one last time!

  4. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 26th, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Shame – I won’t say nobody loves Robby more than I do because it’s apparent that there is at least as much love for him on this forum. I dubbed him an HOF during his first season with the Ys and took a lot of heat on the (then) New York Times forum from guys who said he was an AVERAGE 2B. That’s a few years ago.

    That said, nobody is worth a 10-year contract at the age of 30. I believe he’ll be a Yankee for life. I hope it’s not for 10 years. It’s just far too easy for everyone to be filled with ardor right now. I think the immediacy of most fans doesn’t allow them real practicality aforethought.

    ***********

    Doreen you bring up some very interesting variables. In terms of my belief that Robby will want to retire in pinstripes, you’ve added some interesting dimension. We are not dealing with the ready-made championship-team Yankees. We’re dealing with a team that did not make the postseason, that is losing two of its mainstays, and who will lose the final mainstay in the near future, I do believe. Who are Robby’s contemporaries on that team? Hughes will likely be elsewhere. Robby gets along well with everyone, though, and so he is probably friends with just about all the guys. Here’s a question. Will Robby maybe enjoy the thought of being the face of the franchise despite who may be around him? The current state of affairs with the Yankees certainly potentially makes the situation more dicey.

    ***********

    I am DVRing this game since it’s MO’s last at the Stadium. I’ll be heading out to a meeting so won’t be able to watch it in real time. :(

    GO YANKS!! GO IVAN!!!

    :(

  5. Hankflorida September 26th, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Shame, if Prince Hal the Frugal is going to have his reign depend on the cap, the Yankees cannot set their sights higher then the WC. Reading some of the blogs on FA, I would think that “The Boss” is still around. You know what we are dealing with by just looking at last year, when Soriano did such a fine job and was not kept long term to replace Rivera, Swisher let go to be replaced by Suzuki and his Asian market, and Martin not signed because of an extra year. In regard to Youk’s one year deal in spite of his bad back, can anyone tell me how much did Hal shell out and how much the insurance company had to pay? “Money makes Hal’s world go round,” and that is why I will take this take this team as long as he signs Cano and Granderson, and I will accept the 2nd WC without any hesitation.

  6. Doreen September 26th, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    MTU -

    You know, it’s easier to make changes when you’ve failed than when you’re in the middle of being successful (uber-successful). Sure, you can talk about making incremental steps along the way, but, most people leave well enough alone, and end up thinking the success is self-sustaining.

    It’s not until they’re actually confronted with the need for change that it occurs.

    You’d like to think a business like the Yankees would be different, but it’s very hard to rock the boat. Changes would mean you have to make a choice and say, hey, Jete, we like you but we need to bring in a younger guy and maybe it’s before you’re ready to go, but, you can go play CF (3B, whatever). It means, for the Yankees, possibly breaking ties with franchise players and allowing them to finish their careers elsewhere. For homegrown legends, not so easy.

    I just think about living in a house, and everything is going well, and you do routine maintenance, but you go to sell the house and the new people coming in to look at your house from their perspective see a lot of the little things you stopped noticing, even if you took care of the big things.

    The Yankees really never let big things go bad. It’s been one those other things, where you wake up and there’s a million little things to take care of all of a sudden.

    And you forget how many years ago you got that new (whatever)….

  7. MTU September 26th, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Doreen-

    Things have been stacking up.

    But now is the time they must be faced.

    Perhaps more anticipation would have been better.

    Change is in the air whether they like it or not.

    It will be an interesting OS.

  8. tomingeorgia September 26th, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Needed to use the 380 on a coyote. Did the trick.

  9. jmv September 26th, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Good evening!

    Two or three thoughts:

    - Mo, even after your tribute, you find a way to make me admire you even more. What a classy human being (assuming he is one of us)

    - I’m gonna quote a tweet from Cano: “The weekend was an amazing celebration of Mo and what he means to baseball – gonna miss playing with him and Andy.” If you don’t come down to earth, you’re going to miss the all the other Yankees, dear friend

    - Bud Selig farewell tour? Love it! Please call Mr. Jonny Gomes to start the can-in-the head contest

  10. Warning Track Power September 26th, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    “I remember brining my son to the ballpark here, to the old ballpark, thinking it might be my last time ever at Yankee Stadium,” Girardi said. “Lo and behold, I was here a lot more years after that. I don’t necessarily think like that any more.”
    ————————————————————-
    Those quotes tell me Girardi wants to return and sign another contract.
    THANK YOU!!!

  11. MTU September 26th, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Tom-

    Where was the encounter ?

    Out this way Coyote are painfully shy.

    Only one that was starving or rabid would confront.

    Surprised you needed to dispatch him ?

  12. TKR September 26th, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Attendance dip for the NYY in 13 compared to 12 was about 3,400 a game and over 250,000 total for the year.. big time bucks lost there

  13. Warning Track Power September 26th, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    No wonder ARod gets a bad rap. The media reports false information but the damage
    has already been done.
    Thousands of ARod haters have been repeating the story that he is skipping the Houston series.
    The guy can not win.
    I feel bad for ARod during times like these.

  14. jmv September 26th, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    “TKR September 26th, 2013 at 6:34 pm
    Attendance dip for the NYY in 13 compared to 12 was about 3,400 a game and over 250,000 total for the year.. big time bucks lost there”

    How compares that with the salary cap penalty?

  15. TKR September 26th, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    jmv September 26th, 2013 at 6:38 pm
    “TKR September 26th, 2013 at 6:34 pm
    Attendance dip for the NYY in 13 compared to 12 was about 3,400 a game and over 250,000 total for the year.. big time bucks lost there”

    How compares that with the salary cap penalty?
    ………………………
    BIGGER BUCKS

  16. tomingeorgia September 26th, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    MTU,
    These guys have moved in here, and they’re not shy. We’re rural, but the town has a lot of houses. The critter was stalking my three-legged cat. She can’t afford to lose another one. There’s no shooting allowed in the city limits, but the PD has given me a pass upon seeing the critter. Outside the city limits, there’s no limits on them.

  17. MTU September 26th, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Tom-

    Completely different kind of setup out this way.

    More room to roam and plenty of natural prey. Like jacks, etc.

    They still offer bounties on them out here.

    They give the Ranchers trouble I guess.

    Most of my encounters have been brief and at a fair distance.

    There are many out this way but still hard to spot.

    They tend to be reclusive.

  18. MTU September 26th, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    jmv-

    Good evening.

    You’ve got mail.

    :)

  19. jmv September 26th, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    “BIGGER BUCKS”

    Sorry, didn’t get it… Do they lose bigger bucks with the low attendance or with the penalty?

  20. MTU September 26th, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Enjoy the game folks.

    :)

  21. YanksPats September 26th, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Jack Curry said that Stewart has proved to be a backup.

    Mr Curry, respectfully, Stewart has proven to be a non major league baseball player.

  22. jmv September 26th, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Hi, MTU!

    Already answered

  23. TKR September 26th, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    see you never know… the Yankees will have Ivan Nova, Andrew Brackman, David Phelps, Hector Noesi, D.J. Mitchell, Lance Pendleton, Dellin Betances, Manny Banuelos, Jeremy Bleich, Adam Warren and George Kontos jockeying for starts at Double-A or higher. That’s 11 legitimate prospects, and that’s only counting the guys who actually got as high as Double-A this year. Depth is absolutely essential when it comes to pitching, but the Yankees have such a surplus of nearly ready arms that they could prioritize and begin looking for alternatives uses, either in trades or in the bullpen. Does anyone miss Zach McAllister right now?….

    Zach McAllister doesn’t look that bad right now

  24. jmv September 26th, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Tom, is not that I don’t like you, but I’d rather have MTU’s tour with the shy coyotes, LOL

    Glad it went all well for you

  25. tomingeorgia September 26th, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    MTU,
    These eastern critters have been taken or seen in Central Park! One couple gave birth to a litter in Richard Nixon’s back yard in Saddle River, NJ. They are very adaptable to different habitats. I admire them, but I didn’t want that one to eat my cat.

  26. Warning Track Power September 26th, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    YanksPats September 26th, 2013 at 6:52 pm
    Jack Curry said that Stewart has proved to be a backup.

    Mr Curry, respectfully, Stewart has proven to be a non major league baseball player.
    ———————————————————————————————————-
    I see no problem with what Curry said.
    Stewart is a solid #2 catcher. This year he was pressed into the #1 role and played a lot of games because Cervelli was unavailable and nobody else proved worthy to start games on a consistent basis.

  27. MTU September 26th, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Not blaming you at all Tom.

    I would have done the same under the circumstances.

    Catch you later.

    :)


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