NEW YORK (AP) _ Mariano Rivera never figured this would be Derek Jeter’s final season.
“I didn’t see this coming at all. I didn’t see it,” the retired New York Yankees reliever said Wednesday. “For sure I was one of the guys that said they would have to pull his uniform off his body to take him out. But I was wrong, and this was a surprise to me.”
Rivera announced last March that 2013 would be his final season and was honored in every city the Yankees stopped in. Rivera, who turned 44 in November, had a record 652 saves in 19 seasons and 42 more in the postseason.
Jeter said this month that 2014 is his final year playing baseball. Rivera predicted Jeter’s farewell tour will be much like his own.
“It will be better,” Rivera said. “He deserves it. He has given everything for the game of…
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