In ESPN the Magazine, Howard Bryant writes about how Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera refuses to retire after his May 3 ACL injury. By not walking away from the game, the once-unknowable player has revealed his true self.
Although there are more high-profile spots on the calendar, the next six weeks of the baseball season is by far the most intriguing. This period of discovery foreshadows the pennant finale and October glory.
Bud Selig talks about parity, but winter moves shift the power in baseball even more firmly to the east. A salary cap or other equalizing measure would limit the ability of its biggest, most watched teams to dominate.