It's pretty much a top 5 sports cliche for an injured athlete to say he's going to make it back in time for insert important sport milestone here. And most of the time I'm inclined to call bullshit. Derek Jeter has been saying it since his surgery, and I can't get on board with it because the expected recovery time and the calendar don't 100% support his claims. I had aboslutely ZERO faith in Adrian Peterson's ability to come back in time for the start of the NFL season, which is why I passed on the chance to take him with the 10th pick in my fantasy draft and now my team full of crummy running backs is 5-8 and all but finished for the year.
But when Mariano Rivera says he's coming back, wait, scratch that. When Mariano Rivera says anything, I take it as the word of God and accept it as fact. That's why it was awesome to see this quote from him in the Daily News yesterday when asked about his chances of being ready for Opening Day 2013:
“Oh, yeah, I don’t see why not. We have at least three months, four months until that point. I’ll be ready.”
He still hasn't started throwing a ball this offseason, so it will be worth watching how his velocity and cutter command look when he does start pitching in game situations again, but based on that comment I'm taking it to the bank that Mo will be jogging out to "Enter Sandman" if there's a save situation on Opening Day. Now somebody hit the music!