Having been presented the prestigious Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award by Bud Selig Mariano Rivera put a look of bewilderment on the commissioner’s face. And if Yankees fans had been in the room on the middle floor of Fenway Park they would have applauded.

“I am not retired yet it’s the offseason’’ Rivera said. “Since I did the whole American League and all the gifts and all the time with the family travelling all over I have decided I am going to give it another shot in the National League.’’

While Rivera talked Selig stared at the all-time saves leader in disbelief but each man smiled when Rivera was done joking.

“We will make sure that happens’’ Selig said.

Since Rivera announced his retirement in spring training he knew the 2013 season was the final one of a career that will land him in Cooperstown and possibly be the first unanimous Hall of Famer.

Because being at home this time of the year is normal Rivera hasn’t felt the emotional tug of a game that has made him wealthy and popular.

However the time is coming when January turns to February and the Yankees start descending on Tampa for spring training.