Monday, December 23, 2013


Mariano Rivera in Connecticut at Ridgefield High

12/21/13, "Yankees legend Mariano Rivera lends a hand in Ridgefield,", (Danbury, Ct.) John Nestor

"The event was held as a fundraiser for both Rivera's church, Refugio de Esperanza, in New Rochelle, NY and Tiger Hollow Inc., which is raising funds to put lights up at Tiger Hollow II, Guido Maiolo Field....

Rivera went on to talk about what an honor it was to be the last player to wear No. 42 and say his greatest honor as a ball player was to be able to put on the Yankee uniform every day. He also said his childhood sports hero was the great Pele and that he loved soccer as a child.

Thee were a number of lighter moments too like when Rivera gave credit to Edgar Martinez as the toughest batter he faced when asked by a young fan who was the most feared hitter he went up against.

"First I have to say there was no fear for any hitter," Rivera joked. "But Edgar Martinez, he was tough. I just couldn't get him out and later in his career I was just thinking `god, get him out of here."

Rivera also said Yogi Berra was his Yankee hero and he cherished the time he got to spend with him and that he may like to coach in the minors some day....

"We are trying to get the lights built by next fall since this field is used by the high school as well as the youth programs who would also really benefit," Tiger Hollow president John Pavain said. "We need to raise approximately an additional $175,000 and today will really help us get there and we couldn't thank Mariano enough." by Lisa Weir, News Times


Tuesday, December 17, 2013


2013 NY Yankee Christmas Holiday Greeting video features scenes of Pettitte, Jeter and Rivera

12/17/13, New York Yankees Video Holiday Greeting features 2013 scenes of Andy Pettitte, Derek Jeter, and Mariano Rivera, via RealMichaelKay Michael Kay

"You have got to check this out. Very cool. Well done: Happy Holidays from the Yankees via @yankees”", via David Lennon         @DPLennon"

"No singing, but fun nonetheless RT @RealMichaelKay: Happy Holidays from the Yankees  via @yankees"


Tuesday, December 10, 2013


Mariano Rivera gets his street, NY City Council votes to rename River Ave. Rivera Ave.

12/10/13, "Mariano Rivera gets his street," NY Post, Beth DeFalco, George A. King III

9/18/13 NY Post front page
"The City Council went to bat for Mariano Rivera Tuesday with a vote to name a street outside Yankee Stadium in recognition of the Yankees’ ace pitcher.

“It’s an honor to have a street named after me,” Rivera told The Post afterwards.

“I have a lot of great memories driving down that street. My family and I are extremely grateful for this.”

Rivera, a future Hall-of-Famer and baseball’s all-time saves leader, retired this year after 19 years in pinstripes.

Council member Maria del Carmen Arroyo thanked The Post, which led the campaign to put up Rivera’s name in front of the stadium.

It’s unusual to name a street after someone who is still alive. But Arroyo said she pushed the honor because Rivera is such a big hit with her constituents, who demanded recognition for the retiring pitcher.

The vote was 47-0, with two abstentions, Jessica Lappin (D-Man.) and Peter Vallone (D-Queens). Bronx Bombers fan Thomas Ferrera persuaded Arroyo, whose district includes Yankee Stadium, to file the paperwork.

Foley’s NY Pub & Restaurant in Midtown also got in on the action, holding a petition drive to encourage the Council to approve the bill.

In September, The Post featured a picture of die-hard fan Nicole Saulter, who took matters into her own hands by sticking a makeshift “A” to River Street across from the stadium, changing the sign to “Rivera Street.

“It wasn’t happening quickly enough,” Saulter said. “I didn’t realize it takes so many steps.” The renaming of River Ave. and 161st Street could take up to three months."


12/11/13, "Street Outside Yankee Stadium To Be Renamed After Mariano Rivera,"

"The City Council voted Tuesday to co-name one block of River Avenue after him. The block, which will be renamed Rivera Ave., is right outside Yankee Stadium.

Traditionally, a city street can only be co-named after someone who is deceased. But exceptions can be made."


Monday, December 09, 2013


Mariano Rivera and Ivan Nova meet and greet at Lord & Taylor in Manhattan, Thurs., Dec. 12, 6-8pm

12/9/13, "Meet Mariano Rivera, Tory Burch sample sale," Long Island Newsday Shop Talk

"Dec. 12

Meet Yankees alum Mariano Rivera and pitcher Ivan Nova, 6-8 p.m., at Lord & Taylor in Manhattan. Get a Rivera autograph with any $75 purchase, a Nova autograph with a $75 men's apparel purchase. Then see Sports Illustrated model Hannah Davis for a photo op (one autograph/photo per person, within time allotted); 424 Fifth Ave.; 212-391-3344."



Mariano Rivera visits Harman NYC flagship store

12/8/13, "Yankees Rivera visits Harman's NYC flagship store," dealerscope, N. Klosek

"It was Mariano Rivera  Day Saturday at the recently opened Harman flagship store in Midtown Manhattan in New York City, where the former Yankee reliever and future Hall of Famer-also a JBL brand ambassador -appeared to sign autographs, accept a presentation of a special Fan MO-saic” created from thousands of fans’ Instagram photos, and celebrate the impending installation at the Refugio de Esperanza Church in Westchester, where he is a member, of a JBL professional sound system as part of the church’s restoration and renovation.  
Hundreds of admirers who learned of the event through social media and local radio outreaches queued up outside the store as early as 7 a.m. in freezing temperatures, and were served coffee and doughnuts as they waited for the meet and greet, according to Ralph Santana, chief marketing office for Harman International, who presented Rivera with the artwork. 

Once inside, fans were encouraged to Instagram a photo of an area of the Harman store, which, when tagged, would automatically enter them in a contest for a chance to win one of 42 limited-edition Mariano Rivera JBL Synchros S700 headphones featuring his Number 42, signature and the Yankees logo. 

Rivera also met with and presented autographed headphones to 10 VIP winners of an earlier Instagram contest, for which fans submitted favorite photos which then were organized into the 3,400 “photo tiles” comprising the mosaic, said Dave Spinato, global director of digital and social media for Harman." 

"Harman store manager Jamie Feuss explains the JBL Pulse wireless Bluetooth speaker system to Mariano Rivera during a store tour," images via dealerscope



World Series wins made Torre a celebrity

12/9/13, "Torre Enters Hall as a Winner and Credits the Effort," NY Times, Kepner

"The World Series victories made Torre a celebrity. He attracted famous friends, like Billy Crystal. Coaches from other sports, like Bill Belichick, would drop by to watch the Yankees practice. Torre endorsed sunglasses and insurance and green tea, and has used his platform for a painful and personal cause, helping victims of domestic abuse."...


Thursday, December 05, 2013


Rivera in Santa hat


12/4/13, "Mariano Rivera’s gift suggestion for Derek Jeter is a life-size female doll," NY Daily News, Bill Hutchinson

"Rivera put on his Santa Claus hat Wednesday at a sporting goods store in the Flatiron District."...image NY Daily News

Tuesday, December 03, 2013


Rivera and George Bush at the White House, May 4, 2001 for 2000 World Series visit


5/4/2001, Mariano Rivera, Yankees and George Bush at the White House for 2000 World Series visit


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