Mariano Rivera had offered to buy a distressed piece of property in New Rochelle, NY, for $1. It was an old, crumbling church and Rivera had plans to renovate it and rebuild the church, adding a community center.
A couple of months later, the City Manager recommended that the city complete the sale. The city council voted in favor by a 5 to 2 margin.
Progress has quietly been made and, on Thursday, Mariano and Clara Rivera opened the renovated church, now named Refugio de Esperanza, with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
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"You have worn the number with class and dignity, and I believe you added to the historic significance of that number," Rachel Robinson, Jackie's 91-year-old widow, told the all-time saves leader, now retired. "I'm sure if Jack had seen you play, he would have been proud to have had his number worn by you. Although not as appreciative as if it were worn for a team other than the Yankees."
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Yankees play two exhibition games in Panama, according to the New York Daily News.
He also said he was "feeling a little bit down" that the Yankees didn't make the trip while he was still playing.
"I would love to participate and compete [in Panama] while I was playing with the Yankees," he said. "I would love my people to see me play down there in Panama."
MLB.com's Joey Nowak reports that the Yankees have announced that they will play two exhibition games against the Marlins in Panama, in honor of Mariano Rivera.
Calling the two game stretch the Legends Series, the teams will play March 15-16 in Panama City at Rod Carew Stadium.
posted a letter on his Facebook page explaining the decision.
When I reflected on Mariano Rivera's retirement, I mentioned that Derek Jeter was always my favorite player. I've always joked that when Jeter retired, that would be the end of my childhood.
What a tremendous career, what a tremendous example that he, like Mr. Rivera, set for others to follow. Congratulations Mr. Jeter and may you have a great, successful 2014 season.
MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reports that Mariano Rivera, as well as teammate Andy Pettitte, were presented the "Toast of the Town" award by the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA). They were introduced by Joe Torre and Gene Michael.
New York Daily News reports that Mariano Rivera received one write-in vote last month when New Yorkers headed to the polls to vote for their next mayor.
Fan-led efforts to rename River Ave., a street outside Yankee Stadium, to Rivera Ave., in honor of Mariano Rivera, led to a City Council vote on Tuesday, considering the measure. According to the Post, the vote was 47-0 in favor with 2 abstentions.
As such, the one block stretch of the road near Yankee Stadium will officially be renamed to Rivera Ave.
"It's an honor to have a street named after me," Rivera told the Post. "I have a lot of great memories driving down that street. My family and I are extremely grateful for this."
MLB.com's Mark Newman reports from the March of Dimes 30th Anniversary Sports Luncheon. During the event, the organization presented Mariano Rivera with the Sportsman of the Year Award. Joe Torre introduced him.
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