I wrote the below italicized on Saturday:
"I am very saddened by the news that this may be it for Rivera. I was looking forward to every pitch from the greatest of all time; I was looking forward to watching the greatest for his final year; I was looking forward to seeing Rivera stand on the mound for the final pitch securing our World Series Title. He deserved better...so did we.
It will be very sad if this is it; the guy was still at the top of his amazing game.
As for the Yanks, this is a big blow, but the team's strength is the bullpen. Someone commented on this blog that they should move Hughes to the pen and that will support the backend of Soriano and Robertson. This is most likely the best move, but I think they will give Hughes another start first."
Written Sunday morning:
We go into KC a team that hadn't won a game at home all year and end up losing 2 to do them...and the Genius Maker. The only good thing was Rivera letting people know he was not going out like this and would be back next year (thus probably voiding my italicized above). He still loses a year and will be a year older so we can't expect as good a year next as this year, but we should see a capable guy nonetheless. I still feel a little bit of a loss.
It struck me how this crappy KC team seems to have 5 guys who all throw harder than anyone on our team? This guy Paulino has a career 5.28 ERA even if last year was 4.11 with KC, but he was throwing 96-98 consistently and threw a slider and a curve that were at least major league average. Think of the hype guys like Hughes had; no think about what the hype or how excited we would be if Paulino were on our team?
Overall, the offense is simply terrible right now; perhaps the worst offense we have seen on our team in a very long time. Yes, the O is hurt without Swisher and Gardner and yes we have had NO replacement for them, but Cano and Tex have been awful so far (with Tex being more pathetic), ARod has been mediocre and we have had very little production from the catcher and DH spot...thus a terrible offense. Just egtting Gardner and Swish back will help a lot, but we still need some more production by the rest or this will be a long season. Cano, I am not as worried about, but the others need to get my confidence back. I am not saying they won't get better, but will they get back to what is expected? I mean can tex really go from a career .900 OPS guy to the .840 OPS guy he has been the last 2 years to a .650 OPS guy? Maybe the .900 is unreasonable, but even in a downward spiral being an .800 OPS guy isn't unreasonable...even if that is for the rest of the year and he finished in the high .700's. Tex is only 32.
We are in 4th place (BTW, even if I don;t write a blog I try to update the standings every day just so that you can come to the site and at the worst you get the standings and there are some articles on the far right bottom too that are picked out by a feed.)
I am pleased Rivera is coming back next year...but losing Mo does hurt the team forgetting all the historical and emotional implications.