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First of all, I have no words to describe Rivera anymore. He's superhuman. No matter who it is, coming back from this type of injury is never easy, especially at 42 years old. Seeing those words have assuaged my fears and downright depression over the injury, and every Yankee fan I talk to feels the same way. Yankee fans simply could not handle that it could have been it, Mo could have been done. He needed to come out and say it to prevent Yankees fans from jumping off the ledge.
It's going to be a long and arduous process, and when he does come back, there is no guarantee of him performing at the same level that he has over the last decade and a half. Though Mariano at 25% of his ability is still a valuable cog in the bullpen.
That said, the Yankees will most probably be without Mo for the remainder of the 2012 season. Yes, it is a major obstacle to overcome, but with David Robertson and Rafael Soriano at the back end of the bullpen, it is not insurmountable. Guys like Cory Wade, Boone Logan, and perhaps even Phil Hughes if the Yankees decide to go that route with him will have to fill the void in the middle innings.
"I can handle this, I can handle this. If God gave it to me? I can handle this, I'll deal with it. That's what adversity is, you deal with it." -Mariano Rivera via nj.com.
We are dealing with a true baseball great. If anything, this injury has given us a glimpse into life without Rivera. It has reminded us that one day, Mo will no longer be closing games at Yankee stadium. It reminded us to savor every last save, every last cutter Mo throws in 2013, because that may truly be the end.