It’s the second and final day of locker cleanouts here at Yankee Stadium, and so far, we’ve only had two players stop by… Ron Villone and a special surprise appearance by Mariano Rivera.
Naturally, Rivera is at the head of the class of Yankees players who might be passing through the home clubhouse for the final time. The Yankees haven’t yet said what their plans are with Rivera, but as a guy who routinely waits three hours to take the field (as one writer points out), Mo is nothing but patient.
"Right now, I can’t tell you that," Rivera said. "There’s a lot that happened. You have to wait. Time will cure everything."
Rivera said he was not sure if the Yankees were his first choice. He seemed stung by the fact that he and his agent, Fernando Cuza, campaigned the Yankees for a contract extension in Spring Training but were rebuffed. Now, Rivera said, the Yankees are just one of 30 teams who have a fair shot at his services for 2008 and probably 2009.
"I’m going to be open to hear all offers," Rivera said. "The Yankees had their opportunity and didn’t do nothing with it. I’m going to wait."