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Mariano Rivera está indeciso sobre su retiro

Publicado: 29/10/2012 12:16

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"Me gusta el hombre exagerado en el amor"... La Pimpi.-

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¿Te imaginas a los Yankees sin Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Derek Jeter ni Alex Rodríguez?

Hacia allá van. Pero, ¿y qué?, una vez quedó Babe Ruth fuera de ese mismo róster y más adelante también Joe DiMaggio, como después Mickey Mantle y Whitey Ford. En esta vida todo termina alguna vez, menos los buenos recuerdos.

"No sé aún qué voy a hacer" le dijo el panameño al gerente-general Brian Cashman, "pero quiero reaparecer, y no retirarme así, por una lesión".

Mariano celebrará sus 43 años exactamente dentro de un mes, el 29 de noviembre, y no lanza desde comienzos de mayo. El tres de ese mes sufrió la lesión en la rodilla derecha, que le fue operada poco después.

Ha sido el relevista de mayores éxitos, tanto en temporadas, 608 salvados, 76 victorias, 58 derrotas y 2.21 de efectividad, como en pos-temporadas, 42 salvados, incluso 11 en Series Mundiales, más 8-1, 0.70.

Pero este añó cobró 15 millones de dólares, y solo salvó cinco veces en nueve apariciones, y 1-1, 2.16, hasta la lesión.

"Lo más difícil para mí" comentó Rivera recientemente, "es abandonar a mi familia en cada febrero. No obstante, quiero anunciar mi retiro después de una temporada en la cual lance bien".

Hace 11 años, en esta misma columna, Mariano Rivera anunció algo que mantiene firme. Aquella vez dijo, y dice hoy también con voz de predicador...:

"Estoy preparándome para ser pastor evangélico. Si los equipos de Grandes Ligas necesitan que les salven los juegos, la humanidad requiere de quienes salven las almas para El Señor".

Y si aún no es predicador, sí actúa como tal. La casa donde reside durante el verano, en New Jersey, cerca de Yankee Stadium, es inmensa, de seis habitaciones, cuando su familia solo necesita dos. Pero recibe a diario visitantes de todo Latinoamérica en busca de consejos y de otras ayudas, que él y su esposa brindan con permanentes sonrisas, sabias palabras y uno que otro cheque.

Algún día diremos...: "Una vez quedó Babe Ruth fuera de ese róster y más adelante también Joe DiMaggio, como después Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettite, Derek Jeter y Alex Rodríguez".

RETAZOS...: ** El cerrador de los Yankees este año, el dominicano Rafael Soriano, logró 42 salvados en 46 oportunidades, y está listo para asumir otra vez las funciones en 2013, cuando en la tercera temporada de un contrato de tres, cobrará 14 millones de dólares. Es decir, podrá ser agente libre para 2014. En diciembre cumplirá sus 33 años... ** DAVID Róberson falló en la oportunidad que le dieron como relevista, por lo que es más sospechoso que prospecto... ** PERO la rotación de los Yankees tampoco parece nada confiable, con el recién operado C.C. Sabathia, Phil Hughes, Iván Novoa y David Phelps. Mejor estaría con Pettitte. Hiroki Kuroda es agente libre, y Michael Pineda es un ¡¿quién sabe?!...

Gracias a la vida que me ha dado tánto, incluso un lector como tú.

jbeisbol5@aol.com

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    El taponero panameño de los Yanquis de Nueva York, Mariano Rivera, saluda al público tras su última salida en el Yankee Stadium el jueves, 26 de septiembre de 2013, en Nueva York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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    American League’s Mariano Rivera, of the New York Yankees, poses with the MVP trophy and his family after the MLB All-Star baseball game, on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, in New York. The American League defeated the National League 3-0. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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    American League’s Mariano Rivera, of the New York Yankees, poses with the MVP trophy after the MLB All-Star baseball game, on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, in New York. The American League defeated the National League 3-0. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Mariano Rivera #42 and Ichiro Suzuki #31 of the New York Yankees celebrate after defeating the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium on April 26, 2013 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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    In this image taken from video, New York Yankees' Mariano Rivera, left, lies on the field after twisting his right knee shagging fly balls during batting practice before a baseball game with the Kansas City Royals, Thursday, May 3, 2012, in Kansas City, Mo. The Yankees closer was carted off the field and sent for further tests. (AP Photo/YES Network) MANDATORY CREDIT

  • APTOPIX Yankees Rivera Baseball

    In this image taken from video, New York Yankees' Mariano Rivera lies on the field after twisting his right knee shagging fly balls during batting practice before a baseball game with the Kansas City Royals, Thursday, May 3, 2012, in Kansas City, Mo. The Yankees closer was carted off the field and sent for further tests. (AP Photo/YES Network) MANDATORY CREDIT

  • Yankees Rivera Baseball

    In this image taken from video, New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi, center right, helps Mariano Rivera, center, into a cart after Rivera twisted his right knee shagging fly balls during batting practice before a baseball game with the Kansas City Royals, Thursday, May 3, 2012, in Kansas City, Mo. The Yankees closer was sent for further tests. (AP Photo/YES Network) MANDATORY CREDIT

  • APTOPIX Yankees Rivera Baseball

    In this image taken from video, New York Yankees' Mariano Rivera, center, grimaces after twisting his right knee shagging fly balls during batting practice before a baseball game with the Kansas City Royals, Thursday, May 3, 2012, in Kansas City, Mo. The Yankees closer was later carted off the field and sent for further tests. (AP Photo/YES Network) MANDATORY CREDIT

  • Yankees Rivera Baseball

    In this image taken from video, New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi, right, helps Mariano Rivera, top center, after Rivera twisted his right knee shagging fly balls during batting practice before a baseball game with the Kansas City Royals, Thursday, May 3, 2012, in Kansas City, Mo. The Yankees closer was carted off the field and sent for further tests. (AP Photo/YES Network) MANDATORY CREDIT

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    FILE - In this file photo taken April 9, 2012, New York Yankees' Mariano Rivera sits in the dugout before a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Baltimore. The Yankees closer was carted off the field after twisting his right knee shagging fly balls during batting practice, Thursday, May 3, 2012, and was sent for further tests. Baseball's career saves leader was hurt before the Yankees played at Kansas City. Rivera was examined by Royals associate physician Dr. Joe Noland and Yankees trainers, and was set for an MRI at KU MedWest. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, file)

 

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