“It has been an honor and a privilege to wear the pinstripes.”

Quoting Mariano Rivera…

“It has been an honor and a privilege to wear the pinstripes. It has been wonderful.”

“It’s been a great journey.”

“I thank everyone for making me better.”

“Now is the time. I have given everything. There’s nothing left. I did everything, and I’m proud.”

“I’m telling you the tank is empty.”

“I will never stop missing the game and my teammates. It’s the traveling and hotels and all that. There’s no more left in me.”

“I’m here to be the best for my teammates and the organization and to represent the organization the way I have for the last 23 years.”

“I’m going to miss being on the field with my teammates playing the game. As a player, you always miss that.”

” I have a few bullets left, and I’m going to use them well this year.”

“It’s not in me.”

“I did what I did with passion. I don’t want to do it for the wrong reasons, for money or travel or whatever.”

“I want to be remembered as a player who was there for others.”

” The best thing was the Lord blessing me with this uniform, and I have been thankful for every minute. The day I throw my last pitch I will be more proud than anything that the Lord allowed me to wear this uniform.”

On Andy Pettitte and Derek Jeter…

” It’s more than teammates. It’s like brothers. We grew up together. It’s a blessing to be able to play with men like Derek and Andy and many others. I couldn’t be more grateful. I don’t consider them teammates. I consider them family.”

“The last game I hope will be the last pitch of the World Series. That’s how I envision it.”

On a post-playing career

“I definitely will be involved in some aspect of the game. I’d like to work with the Minor Leaguers and give back for the organization. I have the experience. I want to be able to work with those kids.”

On his emotions…

“It’s not sad. Nothing to be sad about. I have so much joy. Thank God I was able to play the game of baseball for so many years. I don’t want no one to be said. The game of baseball will continue.”

JOE GIRARDI…

“I’m actually appreciative we get to enjoy him for one more year.”

“He’s tired of hotels. He’s tired of flying. He’s tired of packing.”

“I was relaxed when he came in the game as a catcher, and I’m relaxed when he comes in the game as a manager. That’s about the highest compliment you can pay a closer.”

“There comes a time in our lives as players where it’s the preparation that actually wears on you more than the game.”

“I had a feeling when he came in my office that’s what it was about. Mo doesn’t come in my office for too many things. Very seldom does he get in trouble.”

“I never asked him last  year. I didn’t want to ask him. I didn’t really want to know.”

“I’ll tell my kids pay attention. It’s amazing what this man has done. What one man can mean to an organization.”

“I think maybe the greatest lesson that you can take from Mo is how he has done it with class and humility. How great he has been, but in that greatness, how he’s handled. It’s what you want every player or person to do.”

“I think it’s going to be tough on Mo. Anytime you love something so much and you’re going to walk away. You’ll go to a stadium, and you think, `This may be the last time I ever go to that stadium. I think that’s when it will kind of set in.”

ANDY PETTITTE…

“Mo has put a lot of thought into his decision. I’m excited for him. He’s had a wonderful career, and he’s going to love spending time with his family. He has done all he wants to do in this game.”

“There’s no doubt it’s going to be sad. He’s not going to put the uniform on anymore after this season.”

“He has made it look pretty easy. It’s pretty incredible. He feels the time right. As a friend, I’m happy for him.”

“Now it’s about his family.”

“We just have a special relationship. I don’t know how to explain it. Obviously when you’ve spent as much time together for as many years as we’ve been together you just kind of grow a little bit closer to one another than you would with other teammates. I think our minds all work alike. There’s a commitment we have to this organization and to this game. The will to win. We just have a lot in common.”

“We push each other in good times and bad. He has already been there for me.”

 

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Oh, stop it! You are making me feel all sentimental about a Yankee for his love of the game. :-)

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