Sunday afternoon, before they took on the San Francisco Giants, the New York Yankees honored the retiring Mariano Rivera with a ceremony befitting a king.
The Yankees presented their legendary closer with some top shelf parting gifts…everyone in uniform wore a special patch, the team retired Rivera's number 42, displayed that same 42 on both the field and in Monument Park, donated $100,000 to the all-time saves leader's charity, gave him a rocking chair made of broken bats and a replica of his glove made out of Waterford crystal.
Heck, the team even brought in Mayor Mike Bloomberg to declare September 22, 2013 "Mariano Rivera Day".
And if that wasn't enough, even the bases were celebratory. "Exit Sandman" they said, alluding to the closer's iconic theme song. Speaking of, Hall of Fame rockers Metallica were on hand to perform a live version of Rivera's entrance song "Enter Sandman" and hand out presents.
So, you're asking yourself…"self, what more could have been done?" Seriously, was there a stone left unturned?!?
Yes, and it's simple. Name a street after him. Yup, you heard me. New York needs to name a street after Mariano Rivera.
You see, Yankee Stadium sits on the corner of East 161st Street and River Avenue. Why not change River Avenue to Rivera Avenue?
Well, that's just what Yankees fan
And after that hiccup?
I have had a lot of help from some friends and my brother with this campaign.
And if that doesn't work?
Now, I'm going to go on record as saying "why not?" Seriously, why not re-name the stretch of River Avenue after the iconic closer? It's not unheard of.
I mean, there's Roberto Clemente Street in Puerto Rico, Chicago has Kenny Lofton Lane and, for some unknown reason, there's still a Jose Canseco Street. Sure, those are streets located in that player's hometown, but in San Francisco, they've actually named a stretch of road outside AT&T Park after Willie Mays.
"To quote Walt Disney, 'it's kind of fun to do the impossible'," Not to say this feat is impossible in any way, but it is fun to have the challenge like this to honor a man who is such a gem to the community."
If you'd like to join the movement, you can follow Salogub on Twitter at @161stRiveraAve.