Mariano Rivera was one of my favorite players before he became a household name. I drafted him as the closer on my 1995 fantasy baseball team, my only attempt at fantasy baseball.
Rivera's career since then speaks for itself. He could have retired five years ago and been the first-ballot Hall-of-Famer he is today. If he had retired before last night, he wouldn't have suffered the sudden ACL tear while shagging flyballs that will probably end his career.
The best we can do as fans is to be grateful for as long as we get to see these players. Thanks again, Mariano.