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03/31: Mo to Appear in Macy's Ads
Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that Macy's has signed Mo up to appear in Father's Day promotions for the retailer.
To support the promotion, Macy's has signed a number of club sponsorships, including the Braves, Astros, Cardinals and Reds. In the week before Father's Day, it will hold Macy's nights at those ballparks, where it will distribute gate premiums and coupon books. Some of the players will make appearances at local Macy's stores, and the retailer is using autographed baseballs as a premium that shoppers can buy at a discount with a purchase. Additional elements to the sweepstakes in some markets include unique baseball prizes, such as having a father/son catch on your favorite local MLB diamond.
03/31: Opening Day is Here!
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03/26: Rivera's Value
Dan Graziano has an article titled, "Rivera's value beyond saves, that discusses how Mo helps teammates, especially new ones.
"The first thing he ever talked to me about was personality, respecting this game, the attitude you have to have," Veras said. "He talks about the Yankees uniform, the Yankees clubhouse, the Yankees dugout, and how important it is to act when you're a Yankee. He tells you, if you care about the game, that's the thing that's going to take you far."
Rivera worked two perfect innings, striking out four, in a Double-A game. The closer threw 16 of his 23 pitches for strikes.
"I feel good,'' Rivera said. "I was just working the strike zone.''
HomeSearch TV and click the little TV at the bottom of New York on the map, a video window will open. Once in it, click the forward arrow to see a list of videos and click "New Rochelle Downtown". This is a commercial to promote the town of New Rochelle, NY. Mr. Rivera is featured at the end. His restaurant, Mo's New York Grill, in New Rochelle.
Mo has pitched four innings on the Spring and given up one run and three hits. He has three strikeouts and pitches to an ERA of 2.25.
03/13: Rivera Stories
John Harper of the Daily News discusses Jonathan Papelbon's recent remarks of "coming up behind" Mo and "feel[ing] a certain obligation" to raise the contract bar for his fellow closers.
Rivera, as quietly dignified as he has been brilliant over the years, wasn't as judgmental yesterday.
"That's for him to talk about," he said of Papelbon. "I don't worry about what someone else says." ...
Rivera just chuckled softly at the notion that Papelbon seems to view himself as his successor.
"If that's the way he feels, more power to him," said Rivera. "He has a lot of talent. But that's a lot of ground to cover. I've seen a lot of ground."
Tyler Kepner writes in about Mo's willingness to help his teammates.
“To watch his demeanor and watch the way he handled it, every day he put ice on his shoulder and said: ‘I’m only human. Tomorrow, if the game’s close, I’m going to get the ball and do everything I can,’ ” Chamberlain said. “He’s won and lost some of the biggest games in the history of baseball, and he’s no worse for the wear when he gives up a home run. Some people think the world’s going to end.”
Kepner also shares a perhaps little known nugget: when asked if anyone had helped him when he first came up, the first name he mentioned? Steve Howe.
“Steve Howe was a good man,” Rivera said. “He always told me to work hard, do what you have to do, respect, stay away from all of those problems outside baseball, and all that. He really helped me.”
Joel Sherman profiles the one pitch wonder, praising his mental game.
The game against the Pirates featured comedian and die hard Yankee fan Billy Crystal playing in the game. He worked the count to 3-1, fouling off a pitch but eventually struck out.
Mo has worked two innings on the Spring and has retired all six batters he has faced, including three strikeouts.
The Yankees lost the game 9-5 and their record for the spring is even at 3-3.
03/05: Mo Jokes with Joba
03/04: Mo: Ready for Friday