Posted September 28, 2013

Yankees’ Mariano Rivera will not play this weekend in Houston: ‘I’m done’

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(Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Mariano Rivera said that he “left everything on the field” Thursday night in the Bronx. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Thursday night’s emotional Bronx send-off will remain the last time Yankees great Mariano Rivera pitches in an MLB game.

Rivera told reporters on Saturday in Houston that he has chosen not to play against the Astros this weekend, explaining that his arm is sore and that his walk off the Yankee Stadium mound was “the perfect moment.”

Heading into the series, Yankees manager Joe Girardi gave the all-times saves leader the choice to either pitch or play center field, something he has always wanted to do.

But after Rivera initially declared himself unavailable for just Saturday’s game, Girardi sensed that the 43-year-old wants Thursday’s moment to be his last, telling reporters, “I think he wants it to end that way.”

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From MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch:

“I’m done, guys. I’m done. I gave everything that I have,” Rivera said. “I think Thursday was the game that I left everything on the field.”

Rivera said that he has been pitching with “tremendous soreness in my arm,” and that “I was giving everything. I left it there.” He said that giving the ball to Andy Pettitte and Derek Jeter at the conclusion of Thursday’s appearance against the Rays gave him complete closure.

“I know it was the perfect moment. It was something I would have never expected,” Rivera said, adding, “I think I squeezed every ounce of fuel out of my tank. It is empty. I have nothing left.”

Rivera will retire with an 82-60 record, an all-time high 652 career saves, a 2.21 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. He finishes his final season with 44 saves in 51 opportunities, a 6-2 record and a 2.11 ERA.

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8 comments
BosephHeyden
BosephHeyden

Really, who wants to end their career in Houston...or at least against THIS Houston?

billygrif
billygrif

The past and the future of the Yankees all in that one picture...one true great and one steroid abuser representing past glory days both leaving, one 4A player staring blankly at what used to be and silently knowing he will be doomed to a career of failure.

GO22JETS
GO22JETS

THIS is why the Yankees have soooooooo many legends!  Go Yankees!

Daniel19
Daniel19

Hope he enjoys retirement. Not a Yankees fan, but loved watching the guy pitch. Class act all the way.

megalodale
megalodale

That Yankee Stadium farewell was pretty much perfect.  No way he could top that, so it is a wise choice to be "done".

Daniel19
Daniel19

@GO22JETS  This is why they have legends? Not sure which reason your talking about...

Mkmck
Mkmck

@Daniel19 @GO22JETS Typical Yankee fan gibberish. I'm surprised he didn't write "27 rings" while he was at it.