An avenue in the South Bronx may soon be titled after Yankees icon Mariano Rivera.
The original Yankee Stadium was located on East 161st Street and River Avenue and some individuals surrounding the organization are now pushing to rename the roadway “Rivera Avenue.”
Retiring from the game at season’s end, the 2013 campaign has been a yearlong farewell to Rivera (6-2, 2.25 ERA).
“That would be nice,” said Rivera, 43, a 13-time All-Star and five-time AL Rolaids Relief Man Award winner. “It’s not my decision. I drive on that road every night.”
Earning this summer’s All-Star Game MVP, it is astounding Rivera has been so effective since suffering a torn ACL in his right knee in May 2012.
Rivera has recorded 44 saves in 51 opportunities and, from a personal standpoint, been able to pen a storybook finish.
Unfortunately, as the embodiment of class and professionalism, the days of watching Rivera’s famed cutter are nearing an end.
When formally euthanized on September 29 against the Astros in Houston, Rivera will never again compete as a professional.
Nevertheless, as a tribute to 18 years of utter brilliance on the hill, Mariano Rivera deserves to “drive on that road every night.”by