Mariano Rivera In 55


To Mariano (Rivera)

Mariano, you’ve been our man
pitching better than anyone can.
When you jogged out onto the field,
the batters knew they had to yield.
Your cutters cut them down to size–
New Yorkers, awed, dissolved in sighs!
Good old Mo, we love you, man,
the greatest closer in the land.

Mariano Rivera, beloved by all New York (I love you MO!) retired yesterday after, in typical fashion, striking out all four hitters who stood before him. This is a revised version of a poem first posted after Mariano’s 602nd career save– a record– a couple of years ago. The picture doesn’t do him justice, but since it’s mine, it at least doesn’t infringe on anyone’s copyright!

And because the poem minus a certain last name, included for non-New Yorkers,has only 55 words! Tell it to the G-man (who tends to have very good judgment but may be misguided enough not to be a Yankees fan.)

Also, there is a super sweet posting about me by the wonderful Australian poet, Rosemary Nissen-Wade on Poets United.

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10 Comments on “Mariano Rivera In 55”

  1. Mama Zen Says:

    This is marvelous, K!

  2. hedgewitch Says:

    Saw this on the news last night–refreshing to see a personal story in sports that revolves around ability and character and not money, scandal and drugs. He looked to me like a good man.

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      He seems to be a very humble and sweet man, and is probably one of the greatest baseball players in history. Of course, I’m a Yankee fan, but he has the most career saves of anyone and will undoubtedly be in Hall of Fame. It used to be so wonderful to go to a game that he was in. The entire stadium would breathe a sigh of relief and awe when he came onto the field. It was quite palpable. Crazy. (Deserved.) k.

  3. brian miller Says:

    a changing of the guard…i remember my diamondbacks facing him in the world series…a decade ago…ha…he def has the stuff…and better to go out while you still got it and not waste away you know…

  4. G-Man Says:

    Our Tigers just won the Divisional Championship for the THIRD strait year. If we would have had Senior Closer we would probably be World Series champs. He is definately headed for Cooperstown
    Loved your Swan Song 55
    Thanks for playing, you always Rock My World Karin
    Have a Kick Ass Week-End

  5. I saw it when Jeter and Petit came to escort him off the field. Now, mind you, I’m not a Yankee’s fan but I got goose bumps. Very touching moment in baseball season. Accolades to Rivera. 19 years, right? Wow!

  6. ds Says:

    “Gotta go to MO” no more. Sigh. I was heartbroken when Jeter and Pettite came to get him, but he was right to leave on his own terms. He will be missed.

  7. Margaret Says:

    Yes, truly nice to see a “feel good” story in the news!

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