Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Mo's health critical to Yankee success

Although overshadowed by the latest controversy involving Alex Rodriguez, a far more important event happened yesterday at spring training for the New York Yankees. Mariano Rivera threw his first bullpen session.

Mo is so critical to the team's future, that his health and well being are far more important for the team's chances of repeating their World Series title this year than anything else, including ARod's latest mess. At spring training last year, Mo was coming back from an offseason surgery. This time, it seems like it's all systems go with baseball's greatest closer throwing about 20 pitches yesterday with seemingly relative ease and no pain.

Mo being Mo, all he will need is about eight innings in spring training to get ready for another long regular season and playoff run, which is why Joe Girardi & Co. don't push him too early in camp.

My favorite Mariano quote of the day: "I don't think that, in my case, I have to come in and impress anybody." That is a classic understatement. The future Hall of Famer is well beyond having to come into spring training to win a job.

Thanks to Keith Allison via Wikipedia for the photo.

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