Quintessential Mo-Ments No. 37: The beginning of the end
So, when Rivera officially decided to announce early in Spring Training that he would indeed hang up the cleats come October, he did so with a phrase that put the rubber stamp on the rumor, saying he had enough gas in the tank for just one more season after uttering this famous quote: “Now you're hearing it from me, it's official: after this year, I will be retired.”
Just like that, the party began – and later that day, he kicked off the retirement tour with his first action in 10 months, pitching a Sandman-esque 1-2-3 inning in the Yankees’ Grapefruit League game against Atlanta.
Business as usual was back, at least for one more go-round.