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Mariano Rivera: “I am coming back. Write it down in big letters. ... I’m not going out like this”

Mariano Rivera

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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Probably never a good idea to make life decisions within 24 hours of something bad happening, but Mariano Rivera has earned the right to do whatever the hell he wants to do:

Mariano: “I am coming back. Write it down in big letters. ... I’m not going out like this.”

— Mark Feinsand (@BloggingBombers) May 4, 2012


And:

Thank you fans, friends and family for your prayers, well wishes and support. I will be ok.I will be back.

— Mariano Rivera (@MarianoRivera) May 4, 2012


Wow. And while it is somewhat shocking to see him say it so forcefully so soon after his injury, is there any doubt in the world that he can? He is still in peak condition, even at his age. And he is still the best reliever in baseball.

Can’t wait for the return.