All good (or bad) things must come to an end eventually (sorry, this is being typed right after the Breaking Bad Finale so excuse my allusions).
Anyway, the day Martin Brodeur retires.
It is a day every Devils fan is dreading, whether you want to admit it or not. No goalie has ever accomplished what Martin Brodeur accomplished, and it’s likely that no one ever will when it comes to a lot of his records.
The last game he plays at the Prudential Center will be can’t miss TV. I watched Mariano Rivera play in his last game at Yankee Stadium for the New York Yankees and to see him completely break down really floored me. Not because I didn’t expect it but it isn’t something you see from Mariano Rivera. He never shows weakness like that and when longtime teammates Derek Jeter and Andy Pettite came to the mound to remove him he just lost it.
I can definitely see this happening to Martin Brodeur. He usually keeps a level head and only loses his cool once in a blue moon (see Game 6 vs. Carolina), but he never gets too emotional. Hopefully, when that last game comes Patrik Elias is the first person to greet him in goal and gives him a big hug.
I also hope that Marty announces it before or during the season. Not only would I like to see other teams honor him like they did with Mariano, you’d be surprised to see who actually honors him. I firmly believe the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers would do something to honor him.
Even though Marty doesn’t seem like the person to embrace a big farewell tour, I would think that he would do it to put an end to the speculation but only if he knows that this is it.
Whether it’s Mariano Rivera retiring, Breaking Bad ending, or even watching the Mets finish another glorious season (obviously I’m a Mets fan), there are momentous events that are happening around us and a fantastic era of athletes are closing the curtain and Martin Brodeur will be one of the next ones to finish up a truly historic career.