Mariano Rivera still itching to play center field for Yankees

Mike Ehrmann

Now that the Yankees have been eliminated from the postseason, will Mo finally get his shot in center?

Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has gotten just about everything he's asked for this season -- along with many things he didn't -- but the one thing that's continued to elude him is the opportunity to play center field for an inning.

With the Bronx Bombers now officially out of the playoff picture, manager Joe Girardi may decide to grant Rivera's final wish this week, but it won't happen on Thursday, report Peter Botte and Anthony McCarron of the NY Daily News:

"We’ll go day by day. We have a responsibility to baseball (Thursday) and I take that very seriously," Girardi said.

The "responsibility to baseball" Girardi speaks of is likely to put his best team on the field to take on the Rays, who are still in a race with the Indians and Rangers to book a spot in the Wild Card play-in game. When the Yankees head to Texas on Friday to cap the season with three games against the cellar-dwelling Astros, however, the situation may be a little different.

Rivera hurt his knee shagging fly balls in the outfield last year, but that hasn't dissuaded him from his long sought goal of getting an inning in center. (Plus, if he happen to injure himself now, there's really no harm.) When approached Wednesday about the subject of getting some time in the outfield, Rivera just laughed and said: "We'll see."

One hopes that Rivera spends the next three days hovering around Girardi and humming John Fogerty until he grants him his wish. Let's just pray he doesn't have to navigate Tal's Hill.

More from SB Nation MLB:

Closing Time: A Mariano Rivera retrospective

Tigers win the AL Central | Video: Jim Leyland dances

Braves, Brewers brawl over Carlos Gomez HR | Top 10 Gomez faces

Which managers are on the hot seat?

Grant Brisbee: The unlikeliness of Jason Giambi

In This Article

Teams
Players
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.