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    Re: Mariano Rivera to announce retirement after the 2013 season

    Although the circumstances were of course extremely sad and heart-breaking, I am sure that NY fans, on July 4th 1939 were very grateful that they had the opportunity to say good-bye to another Yankee legend, Lou Gehrig. I'm sure that fans across the country wished they had the same chance. Both men realize(d) that they are(were) part of a franchise like no other. Both men wanted their day to be remembered postively. Both men play(ed) with some of the best in the game in their respective eras. Both men possess(ed) humility, class and dignity.

    I'm sure that Mo would much rather just pitch his last game and quietly announce his retirement in November, but he realizes that he too is one of the luckiest men on the face of the earth and he wants to be able to share that.

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    Re: Mariano Rivera to announce retirement after the 2013 season

    Quote Originally Posted by JDPNYY View Post
    Nice Press Conference. It's sad such a great man (in my mind) has gone down in class a notch.


    I just really hate this announcing you have an upcoming press conference to announce your retirement in 8 months.

    It's not the end of the world, he's still a great Yankee, I just wish he would have bowed out gracefully.
    Seriously?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hitman23 View Post
    That off season was not bad because going in no one knew what would happen. In fact most were excited about it IIRC.
    Anyone excited about the idea of Jaret Wright and Carl Pavano pitching for the Yankees was either sipping the KoolAid or just wasn't paying attention.

    Javy was a year earlier Btw.

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    Re: Mariano Rivera to announce retirement after the 2013 season

    Quote Originally Posted by JL25and3 View Post
    It would be even better if they scrapped "Enter Sandman" and played some Billy Joel instead.

    Was initially thinking Fogerty's Centerfield too -- but, hey, why not the Ultimate for the Ultimate?

    Off the top of head -- Yanks could pay off Arod's salary with Xtra Kleenex sales too -

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    Re: Mariano Rivera to announce retirement after the 2013 season

    Quote Originally Posted by yanksphan View Post
    Anyone excited about the idea of Jaret Wright and Carl Pavano pitching for the Yankees was either sipping the KoolAid or just wasn't paying attention.

    Javy was a year earlier Btw.
    Yeah, that's the point - Javy was a year earlier and disappointed. RJ was still killing it in 2004, so acquiring him, AND, for Javy, no less, was indeed exciting. We had our dominating ace (or, so we thought). Everyone thought that the least Pavano would do was give us innings (200+ the preceding 2 yrs.), and 2004 seemed like a break out year for him, finally living up to his potential. If, in 2005, you predicted what would follow, then I'd like to go in with you on a lottery ticket.

    I still stand by this being a far worse off-season than 2004/2005. Mo retiring, injuries, the signing of grandfathers (to an already aging, declining team) and invalids. Now look at the roster that RJ was added to in the 2004 off-season. Not sure how that didn't excite most fans, regardless of what they thought about Pavano and Wright (who also had a very good 2004). Their contracts might have sucked, but who was counting George's money in those days, other than his accountants? Plus, Pavano was very much in demand, even by our rivals.


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    Re: Mariano Rivera to announce retirement after the 2013 season

    Quote Originally Posted by ArodEra View Post
    Plus, Pavano was very much in demand, even by our rivals.
    This is easy to forget because of the end result but very true. Many fans were, at the time, very happy he signed with the Yankees despite Boston offering him more $$. It was considered at that time another evil empire end-around on the sox that made NYY fans snicker in delight (remember those days?) If I recall he had more than one higher $$ offer.
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    Re: Mariano Rivera to announce retirement after the 2013 season

    I rarely play thread police, but there is something slightly profane about discussing Pavano in Mariano's retirement thread. Just my humble opinion.
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    Re: Mariano Rivera to announce retirement after the 2013 season

    Quote Originally Posted by 35Knucklecurve View Post
    Although the circumstances were of course extremely sad and heart-breaking, I am sure that NY fans, on July 4th 1939 were very grateful that they had the opportunity to say good-bye to another Yankee legend, Lou Gehrig. I'm sure that fans across the country wished they had the same chance. Both men realize(d) that they are(were) part of a franchise like no other. Both men wanted their day to be remembered postively. Both men play(ed) with some of the best in the game in their respective eras. Both men possess(ed) humility, class and dignity.

    I'm sure that Mo would much rather just pitch his last game and quietly announce his retirement in November, but he realizes that he too is one of the luckiest men on the face of the earth and he wants to be able to share that.

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    Re: Mariano Rivera to announce retirement after the 2013 season

    I did not want Pavano. Many folks around here didn't.

    Same with RJ. My excitement was more fueled by what happened in October than the actual deal. I was excited but skeptical.

    And you're completely ignoring Jaret Wright.

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    Re: Mariano Rivera to announce retirement after the 2013 season

    Quote Originally Posted by JL25and3 View Post
    My dad was there.
    Wow - it must have been an amazing experience for him.
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    Re: Mariano Rivera to announce retirement after the 2013 season

    Quote Originally Posted by yanksphan View Post
    I did not want Pavano. Many folks around here didn't.

    Same with RJ. My excitement was more fueled by what happened in October than the actual deal. I was excited but skeptical.

    And you're completely ignoring Jaret Wright.
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    Re: Mariano Rivera to announce retirement after the 2013 season

    Thank you Mo for all the wonderful memories. I'm sure more are to follow this season.
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    Re: Mariano Rivera to announce retirement after the 2013 season

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    My dad was there.
    So was Muggs.
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    So was Muggs.
    That was Muggs' 40th year of attending YS.
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