By Randall Rosario
The New York Yankees’ 12-time all-star and baseball’s greatest closer has suffered a season ending injury Thursday night before their game against the Kansas City Royals. He was in batting practice catching fly balls. Everything changed in the matter of a second. Rivera was on his back to the warning track as he went to catch the ball his cleat got caught in the grass causing his right knee to buckle and tear his ACL. He landed in the dirt and by his facial expressions you can just tell he was in pain. The first to reach Rivera on the field was Bullpen coach Mike Harkey. He whistled out to the dugout for help. “My thought was he has a torn ligament, by the way he went down” said Yankee manager Joe Giradi. The Yankees sandman, and former LatinTrends cover, was diagnosed with a torn ACL and meniscus Thursday night after an MRI exam was performed during the Yankees 4-3 loss to the Royals. This injury will most likely end his season and possibly his career. He didn’t expect to go out like that. Rivera spoke and he said “It’s not a good situation, but again we’ve been through this before, and we’re being tested one more time,” he paused for a moment to compose himself and went on to say “It’s more mentally than physical, you know? You feel like you let your team down.” The 42-year-old Vet said that he will decide at the end of the season whether or not he will hang his glove up and call it quits after 18 years in the Majors. Girardi said he hopes that baseball’s career saves leader makes a comeback, because the way Mariano spoke about it made it sound as if retirement was a real possibility.