May 4, 2012 12:00 AM
" Everyone who watches baseball has asked themselves the same question at one point or another in the last five years.
When will Mariano Rivera run out of gas?
It's become like a parlor game at baseball stadiums around the county, talking about the presumed mortality of history's greatest closer shortly before he comes to the mound and wipes away the opposition with the same pitch he's been throwing for the better part of two decades. When Rivera does his trick, you just smile and shrug your shoulders at the genius unfolding in front of you.
In that way, it's almost fitting that a freak accident on a warning track in Kansas City might the place where Rivera's career comes crashing to an end. There was no way that Rivera was ever going to run out of gas on that mound with cutters flowing through his arm as free and easy as they ever have, so it was going to have to be something outside the normal order of things that signaled the end.
And there's a pretty good chance that this is the end "
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