Rivera Rules: He'll show up to camp when he wants

February, 19, 2012
2/19/12
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At the Baseball Writers dinner last month, Mariano Rivera sidled up to Yankees GM Brian Cashman and whispered in his ear.

"He said, 'Cash, I want to give you a heads up, I might be a little late,'" Cashman said. "Just tell me when you are coming. What am I going to do? It's Mariano Rivera."

Rivera is the only pitcher and catcher, whom the GM said had not shown up yet. Since it is Rivera, it is no big deal for the GM or the team. He'll get here when he gets here. At 42, he knows what he is doing. In fact, he is the No. 1 story that Cashman has seen in his time with the Yankees.

"No. 1," Cashman said. "What Mariano Rivera has done. Who he is as a person. What he has done as a player with one pitch, coming from a small fisherman's village out of Panama. Coming to the biggest media market in the world and being the greatest of all-time for as long as he has done it. There isn't a story close to that. What he has done and what he has meant to this franchise. He is still the same guy that we signed back in the day."

Question: Better story in Cashman's time (mid-'90s to now) Derek Jeter or Mo? Or something else.
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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