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Mariano Rivera Blows Out A Knee, Done For Career?

Posted 5/04/2012 6:30 am by

For years and years, Mariano Rivera’s greatness has been related to his ability to be consistent.  He’s got one pitch he throws, a cut fastball that hits in the low 90’s on the radar gun.  He has saved at least 25 games for 15 seasons (and is baseball’s all-time saves leader).  For 11 seasons, he has had an ERA under 2.00.  He’s a 12-time All Star.  When coming out to save a game, he’d come out to Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.”  And, last but not least, before every game he would head out to the outfield and shag fly balls to warm up, loosen his 42-year-old bones and have a little fun.  Well, last night in Kansas City, Mariano Rivera blew out his knee warming up for the game with the Royals.

“I got caught between the grass and dirt.  I couldn’t pull my leg up,” said Rivera after being examined at KU Medical Center West.  “It’s torn.  We have to fix it. … But I was doing what I love to do and would do it over again.  I just have to fight through.”

Rivera is out for the season with a torn meniscus and torn anterior cruciate ligament; a season which he said in spring training might be his last.  Rivera has played for the Yankees since 1995 and is the last player in Major League Baseball to wear Jackie Robinson’s #42.

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