Mariano Rivera has silenced so many doubters and withstood the test of father time during his 16 year career with the New York Yankees. Rivera, quite arguably the most value Yankee since Mickey Mantle, has shattered all-time save marks during the regular and post-season while routine sporting a microscopic 0.73 ERA during the post-season. Rivera has routinely dominated baseball’s best hitters during October, but his newest challenge should be the biggest in his storied career…

I’ll be honest–I haven’t watched the actual video highlight of Rivera tearing his ACL during batting practice. And quite frankly, I don’t want to. Why would I want to watch an immortal player get carted off the field? Why would I want to see the terror on the faces of his Yankee team mates? Why would I want to see him unable to walk under his own power? It’s gutwrentching and Mo deserves better.

Many have assumed that 2012 would mark the end of Rivera’s career-and it might be. But can anyone really see Mariano going out like this? Rivera has always been a class act, but his competitive demeanor has been second to none. Rivera and Joe Girardi have argued about letting the Hall of Fame bound righty play the outfield. Rivera has stated that he is good enough to play the outfield and vows to play there one day. Does Mariano want his last memory to be sitting on a golf cart? I don’t think so.

While I’m not a doctor, I know Mariano can come back from this horrific injury. We’ve seen him conquer so many other obstacles in his career. This lastest one may be his biggest challenge yet, but don’t think for a second that it was derail him. While we may not see him during 2012, rest assured, I think we’ll hear ‘Enter Sandman’ blaring through Yankee Stadium during 2013.