Published on May 4, 2012
It is a turbulent time for Pinstripe Nation.
Legendary closer Mariano Rivera suffered a season-ending knee injury in Kansas City Thursday and the Yankees -- and Yankee fans all over -- are dealing with the aftermath.
Rivera tore his ACL and meniscus while jumping for a fly ball during batting practice at Kauffman Stadium. The sight of him being carried and then carted off the field is not one Yankee fans will forget any time soon.
Now the Yankees have to figure out what to do with the back end of the bullpen. Is the closer David Robertson and Raphael Soriano?
For the Pinstripe faithful, it's not only a question of the rest of this season ... but what about the end of the great Rivera's career.
Most believed the Mariano was probably going to retire at season's end, but Rivera certainly didn't want it to end this way.
On Friday afternoon, the 42-year-old Rivera said emphatically: "I'm coming back. You can write it in big letters. I'm not going out like this."
Yankee fans hope he is right.
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