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Posted by: Patrick
The 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.

Via Steve.
Posted by: Patrick
March 31 has finally arrived - the Yankees' opening day. It'll be Blue Jays at Yankees with Roy Halladay facing Chien-Ming Wang. Baseball's back! Welcome to the 2008 season.

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Posted by: Patrick
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."
Posted by: Patrick
Mo pitched a scoreless seventh inning in the Yankees 13-4 win over the Phillies on Monday. He walked one batter, but struck out three, taking care of all three outs in the frame. His ERA for the Spring is now 1.50.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera pitched a scoreless fifth inning for the Yankees on Friday night vs. the Rays. He surrendered an infield single and struck out one batter. His ERA for the spring is now at 1.80.
Posted by: Patrick
From the AP:

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.''
Posted by: Patrick
If you go to 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.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera gave up his first run of Spring Training after not surrendering any runs in his first three appearances. He only gave up one hit, but the run scored with the aid of a wild pitch and infield ground out.

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.
Posted by: Patrick
Over the past week, there has been a handful of stories on or related to Mariano Rivera. Here are some highlights:

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.
Posted by: David
Jose Bautista and Chris Gomez were able to bounce singles through the infield but Mo benefited from a 3-2-5 double play to get out of the inning without giving up a run. Rivera has worked three innings so far on the spring, facing 10 batters. He has allowed two hits and struck out three and has allowed no runs. His ERA for the Spring is of course 0.00.

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.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera worked a perfect fourth inning on Monday night at Steinbrenner Field and helped the Yankees defeat the Reds 4-0. He combined with Joba Chamberlain, Billy Traber, Ian Kennedy and Hawkins to shutout the Reds.

Mo has worked two innings on the Spring and has retired all six batters he has faced, including three strikeouts.
Posted by: David
Mariano Rivera made a spectacular spring training debut on Friday afternoon in Tampa. He worked a perfect fifth inning, striking out two batters and retiring the other on a ground out.

The Yankees lost the game 9-5 and their record for the spring is even at 3-3.
Posted by: Patrick
From spring training, Kat O'Brien shares a funny exchange between Mo and Joba Chamberlain.
Posted by: Patrick
Ed Price reports says he's ready to make his spring debut on Friday.
Posted by: Patrick
Ed Price reports that, if all goes well, Mo is looking to get his first spring game action on Friday.