Rivera Sorely Missed by Yankees

Posted on June 20, 2012 by

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Since 1997, the New York Yankees have been blessed with an amazing closer in Mariano Rivera. But on 3 May, Rivera tore a ligament in his knee. He did so during batting practice. Rivera was catching fly balls during batting practice when he was running towards the warning track and suddenly his knee buckled. As soon as this happened, he fell to the ground and couldn’t get up.

“I am a huge Boston fan, so this doesn’t really matter to me too much. I have always respected Rivera. I don’t really understand why a pitcher of his caliber would be shagging balls when he could be resting. I hope he gets better, but that was pretty dumb,” twelfth grade student Matt McCammitt said.

During the day game against the Royals, Rivera was sent to Kansas University MedWest. At the hospital, doctors came to the conclusion that Rivera had indeed torn his ACL. Doctors suggest his season is over, and quite possibly his career could be over as well.

“I believe Rivera will come back. He is a tremendous athlete, and he should be able to bounce back. I guess depending on how he recovers will depend on how well he would do if he comes back,” senior Dan McMullen said.

Who is going to fill the role that Mariano had for so long? Last Year, the Yankees acquired Rafael Sariano from the Tampa Bay Rays. He served as the closer for them. Before Rivera got hurt, Soriano was a 7th inning guy. Now he must do the impossible and fill the shoes of one of the best closers in baseball history.

“Rivera will be missed, and hopefully he comes back next year and pitches again!” senior Edwin Enriquez said.

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