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River Ave. Outside Yankee Stadium Now Changed to Rivera Ave. to Honor Mariano Rivera

May 5th, 2014 at 11:35 PM
By Douglas Rush

When you ask any fan of the New York Yankees where exactly is Yankee Stadium located and they would tell you on 161st Street and River Ave.

That was the truth, until Monday, when it was officially changed in an afternoon ceremony outside the stadium, as now River Ave. has become Rivera Ave., which is in tribute to longtime Yankees closer Mariano Rivera.

The now retired closer was on hand for the festivities in the Bronx and was also the one who unveiled the sign for the members of the audience and fans in attendance to see.

Rivera is baseball's all-time saves leader with 652 and finished his final season last year where he had 44 saves with a 6-2 record and a 2.11 ERA, plus was the 2013 MLB All Star Game MVP which was held at Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets. Rivera recorded his 500th career save on that very same field back in 2009.

On Tuesday, Rivera will have an autobiography released that is entitled "The Closer."  Last month, Rivera was on hand for the Yankees home opening ceremonies as he, along with former Yankees and "Core Four" members Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada threw out the ceremonial first pitch along with Derek Jeter, as it was his final opening day of his career with his retirement announcement before the season.

Tags: Baseball, MLB, New York, New York Yankees

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