Posted by: Patrick
River Avenue is a street near Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. Fans have been leading an effort to get the city to add an A to the street name, making it Rivera Avenue, in honor of Mariano Rivera.

With six people vowing for a City Council speaker spot, all six candidates said that streets should only be renamed for people who are deceased. One candidate said that an exception should be made for Rivera, however. Queens Councilman Mark Weprin answered "yes - except for Mariano Rivera."

The City Council will vote on the issue next month.

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Posted by: Patrick
Connecticut Post reports that Mariano Rivera will appear at Ridgefield High School, in Ridgefield, CT, on December 10 for a charity event.

Money will be raised for Rivera's church and for lighting for the high school's new practice football field.
Posted by: Patrick
Chad Jennings reports that the Yankees are working on finalizing plans to play multiple exhibition games in Panama during spring training.

"If it happens, I will be happy," Rivera told Jennings. "My people will have the opportunity to see (the games) live; first of all, professional baseball, and second, the New York Yankees. Hopefully it happens and everybody is happy with it."
Posted by: Patrick
Mariano Rivera will be appearing at an event at TimesCenter in New York City on November 26, to benefit his foundation. "An Evening with Mariano Rivera" will be hosted by Steiner Sports and presented by Mohegan Sun, with tickets ranging from $349.99 to $1,499.99.

According to the press release, issued by Steiner's PR rep Cirillo World, you should contact AJ Romeo or Jessica Podell if you are interested in buying tickets. You can find their contact information on the Steiner Sports website.
Posted by: Patrick
Mariano Rivera
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Now that the baseball season has completed, Mariano Rivera's farewell tour has concluded, the sea of tributes has passed and things have quieted down. I wanted to take a moment to reflect on Mo's career and what it means to me, having run MarianoRivera.com for more than 9 and a half years.

I was born a Yankees fan - my dad is one. I would say that when I really started paying attention to the Yankees was around 1992, when I was 7 and 8 years old. I was certainly aware of them before that, but those years are where I started to become more and more aware of the rosters, the players and the games.

That was when we hadn't been particularly good in quite a while. I can remember watching random players on WPIX, with Phil Rizzuto and Bobby Murcer. Players like Roberto Kelly, Danny Tartabull, Randy Velarde, Mike Gallego, Dion James, Gerald Williams, Spike Owen and others. Of course, they were slowly getting better and building the foundation for what would become a dynasty.

Don Mattingly was my first favorite player. It was sad to watch him struggle in his final season with injuries. But he put on a show in the ALDS. I can still remember Ken Griffey Jr. coming around to score in game 5, like it was yesterday. Devastating.

After Mattingly retired, I looked for a new favorite player. I had heard a little bit about Derek Jeter. Prior to the 1996 season, my family attended Yankee Day at the Florida State Fair. At this event, you could meet current and former Yankees, as well as members of the coaching staff. Security was lax, you just had to get in line. It seems crazy now. The Yankees would never do it again because there would be too many people. But back then, they did it and it was awesome.

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Posted by: Patrick
On Thursday night, the ALS Association of Greater New York hosted their 19th Annual Lou Gehrig Sports Awards Benefit. Among the honorees was Mariano Rivera.

MLB.com's Mark Newman has a recap of the events. Below, find video of Rivera speaking.

"I would like to thank the Greater New York Chapter for honoring me with this special award named for one of the greatest Yankees ever. And I mean that when I say one of the greatest -- one of the finest men who played this game with dignity and loyalty, and he was taken with this disease. He lost his life to this, but his fighting spirit is in us. That's why you guys are here -- to give back and stay strong and help to defeat this disease that has taken so many lives. I know -- I'm sure -- that we're going to find a cure for this disease."


Posted by: Patrick
Steiner Sports is hosting an online auction, the Mariano Rivera Farewell Collection, with proceeds benefiting the Mariano Rivera Foundation. You can bid on their website.
Posted by: Patrick
Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News reports that Mariano Rivera will be honored at the 19th Annual Lou Gehrig Sports Awards Benefit on November 7 at the New York Marriott Marquis.

The event is held by the Greater New York chapter of the ALS Association and tickets cost $1,250 person.

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Posted by: David
Mo got another award. He is on the MLB Network as I am typing this. The award includes a $50,000 prize which Mo will donate to his church.
Posted by: David
Just saw on the MLB Network that Mariano Rivera was named the AL Comeback Player of the Year for 2013. He was just interviewed on the MLB Network. Congratulations to Mo.
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