Yours truly, on 42-year-old Yankees great Mariano Rivera’s tragic, fluke, season-ending knee injury:
Time?s effects, even against Rivera — the most graceful andelegant ballplayer I?ve ever seen, the closest thing in sports toan ageless wonder — are ignominious. The Yankees often win, butin the end, time always wins — the one opponent against whicheven the Yankees will forever be underdogs. To struggle againsttime is to struggle against the inevitable. We all know you can?tbeat time, but the joy of these aging Yankees is that sometimesyou can get lucky and race ahead of it for a while. But now this.