All-time saves leader Mariano Rivera didn't deserve what happened to him yesterday, and classy Orioles fans will not celebrate the ACL injury that likely will bring a slightly early end to his terrific career.
We hate the Yankees. That's part of any sports rivalry. But nobody hates Rivera, who is a classy guy who has done it right throughout his career and deserved to announce his retirement at midseason and make his final grand tour like Cal Ripken Jr. and some of the other baseball greats of his era.
We'll have to wait and see how this plays out, but yesterday was a strange day all around. The Ravens lost 2011 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs -- probably for the entire 2012 season -- to an Achilles tear. Then Rivera crumpled to the warning track in Kansas City while shagging fly balls in the outfield before a game against the Royals.
Fans don't generally get to know superstar athletes, so you'll just have to take my word for it: Rivera is good guy who has been a tremendous credit to the game, even as he has frustrated the Orioles and every other major league team with his amazing arm and steely confidence.
Who knows, maybe he'll decide he doesn't want to go out like this and try to extend his career another year. As much as Orioles fans hate to see him trotting in from the bullpen, it's hard to see him go out like this.
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