Joe Girardi revealed late in the 2013 MLB regular season that he wanted Mariano Rivera to return for one more season. His thoughts no doubt resonated with New York Yankees‘ fans across the country, but in the end, Mo was okay with calling it a career after 19 seasons. Now a clip from his upcoming documentary has shed light on just how prepared the legendary closer was to walk away without any regrets.
During a scene in the documentary where Rivera is eating lunch with David Ortiz, he essentially told the slugger in Spanish that he was over playing baseball:
“I can’t wait for the moment when this is over. I’m ready for it already, brother. I’m ready for it. Mentally and physically, I’m ready for it. There’s no desire anymore.”
So for the fans that were holding out hope that No. 42 might change his mind, these comments should seal the deal. Who can really blame him, though? 19 years in the big leagues is a long time, especially in New York.
Furthermore, I would hate it if Mo came back because it would devalue all of those finals moments he had in ballparks across America. That goosebump raising moment we all experienced in this year’s All Star game and his final appearance at Yankee Stadium would both be devalued. You can’t fault Rivera for being physically and mentally drained. That happens to all athletes at some point and at 43 years of age, Mo’s time was up. Now, we’ll start the countdown to when he enters the baseball hall of fame as the greatest closer to ever live.