NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – It’s a big day for future Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera. Pinstripe pride is on display. The city is honoring the famed closer, who retired last year, by renaming the street outside Yankee Stadium Monday. The sign for Rivera Avenue is at the corner of 161st Street and what used to be River Avenue.
“This is way, way, way beyond baseball, definitely. It has nothing to do with baseball. I think it’s how you treat people, how you respect others and you receive the same love and respect back,” Rivera told WCBS 880′s Peter Haskell. “Amazing. I mean, I never thought something like this would happen.”
Talk about living on forever! Now you can have a monument in the outfield and you can get a ton of shitty gifts on the road, but this right here shows that Mariano Rivera will have his name in conversation, every single day for forever. The problem is that those conversations are going to sounds like this.
Operator: Hello 9-1-1
Citizen: Yes there was just a robbing/shooting/rape/etc. on 161st and Rivera.
Operator: Can you believe he accomplished all that with just 1 pitch? An officer will be there shortly.
BOOM, and just like that Mariano Rivera will live on for forever in police reports. They may have knocked down the house that Ruth built, but there will always be crime to keep Mariano on our minds.
In all seriousness, I don’t think much of this because if his name wasn’t one letter off from the original street name, none of this would have ever happened. I am honestly surprised this happened this fast if it was going to happen at all.
PS: That homestand sucked a bag of dicks and CC isn’t worth shit right now. Time to fatten him up.