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Comment Winter Olympics: Mariano Rivera, Gary Carter and Bobby Valentine

As I drove around the state, switching from hotel to hotel, the judges worked diligently to find three award-winning comments.

Here they are:

--The bronze goes to FLong, who offered his or her two cents on Mariano Rivera's likely  retirement after this season:

If Mariano retires, the Yanks should use Soriano as the closer in 2013. Soriano has already been successful in that role, and he's getting paid like a closer, anyway. Besides, why let Robertson or Joba have the added burden of following a legend?

--The silver goes to Why Not, who shared his memories of the late, great Gary Carter:

I remember it like it was yesterday, jumping up and down in the mezzanine level when he singled in the 12th inning in the NLCS. And he pulled my hands from my face in Game 6 when he wouldn't make the 'last __ out'.

Thank you for everything, Gary. Without you, we'd be talking about our 43-year World Series drought. RIP #8. A truly special player and person. 

--And the gold goes to JE, with an assist from Poppy. When Poppy, who has been known to recycle a joke or two, wrote, "It's safe to say there wont be any KFC buffet tables in the Red Sox clubhouse...," JE followed up:

True, Poppy. With Bobby V now in charge, this year's clubhouse is more likely to feature a sushi bar

--Here's my column on Jose Reyes from yesterday.

--Have a great day. If time permits, I'll check in later.

--UPDATE, SATURDAY 10:06 a.m.: No time for a full entry today, but here's my column today, in which I spoke with the Cardinals about Ryan Braun.

--UPDATE, SUNDAY 10:30 a.m.: Apologies for no new entry today; too much driving these last few days. Here is my column on Alex Rodriguez that I wrote at Yankees camp yesterday, as well as my Sunday Insider. We'll resume our regular blogging schedule tomorrow morning.

Tags: Jose Reyes , Bobby Valentine , Gary Carter , Mariano Rivera , Rafael Soriano

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