Posted by: Patrick
It was 10 years ago today that I launched

It is amazing to consider the passage of time. In 2004, the Yankees began their season in Tokyo, playing two games at the end of March against the (then) Devil Rays. Rivera pitched in the second game, but didn't collect a save as the Yankees won by 11 runs. Before the Yankees would continue that series on April 6, we launched on April 4.

It was year 10 of Mariano Rivera's career. Coming into that season, he was less than half way to his career saves mark of 652. He had pitched in 512 games with a 2.49 ERA, collecting 283 saves. In the 20 seasons that this site was online - the remainder of his career - he pitched in 603 games with a 1.92 ERA and 369 saves.

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Posted by: Patrick
Mariano Rivera will be appearing today at Vision Expo East at the Javits Center in New York City. The official show website says he'll be at the Eyefinity booth from 4 to 5 PM. According to Athlete Promotions Rivera will appear beginning at 3 PM ET, introduced by a brief Q&A with Brandon Steiner of Steiner Sports. Hot dogs, Cracker Jack popcorn and refreshments will be served.
Posted by: Patrick
On March 15 and 16, the Yankees played a pair of exhibition games against the Marlins, in Panama, in honor of Mariano Rivera. I apologize for the lack of coverage of this - I had been away and then fell ill.

In game 1, the Yankees lost 5-0. Worse than that, they were no-hit by four Marlins pitchers. Prior to the game, Mariano Rivera threw the first pitch, which symbolized "passing the torch," according to Rivera. The former Yankees closer hoped the games would help increase the popularity of baseball in his native country.

In game 2, the Yankees won 7-0 and they almost no-hit the Marlins, who collected just one hit.

Thank you to nycjobs for some of the links here.
Posted by: Patrick
It was back in April of 2011 that we learned Mariano Rivera had offered to buy a distressed piece of property in New Rochelle, NY, for $1. It was an old, crumbling church and Rivera had plans to renovate it and rebuild the church, adding a community center.

A couple of months later, the City Manager recommended that the city complete the sale. The city council voted in favor by a 5 to 2 margin.

Progress has quietly been made and, on Thursday, Mariano and Clara Rivera opened the renovated church, now named Refugio de Esperanza, with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Thank you for to nycjobs for the tip.
Posted by: Patrick
On March 27, the Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon will honor Mariano Rivera with the Denzel Washington Humanitarian Award. There are tickets available for $350 (or more, if you can afford it) on their website and you must RSVP by March 14.
Posted by: Patrick
On Monday night in New York, the Jackie Robinson Foundation honored Mariano Rivera with the ROBIE Humanitarian Award.'s Mark Newman has the story.

"You have worn the number with class and dignity, and I believe you added to the historic significance of that number," Rachel Robinson, Jackie's 91-year-old widow, told the all-time saves leader, now retired. "I'm sure if Jack had seen you play, he would have been proud to have had his number worn by you. Although not as appreciative as if it were worn for a team other than the Yankees."

Thank you to nycjobs for the tip.
Posted by: Patrick
Mariano Rivera says there is "no chance" he'll play when the Yankees play two exhibition games in Panama, according to the New York Daily News.

He also said he was "feeling a little bit down" that the Yankees didn't make the trip while he was still playing.

"I would love to participate and compete [in Panama] while I was playing with the Yankees," he said. "I would love my people to see me play down there in Panama."
Posted by: Patrick's Joey Nowak reports that the Yankees have announced that they will play two exhibition games against the Marlins in Panama, in honor of Mariano Rivera.

Calling the two game stretch the Legends Series, the teams will play March 15-16 in Panama City at Rod Carew Stadium.
Posted by: Patrick
This is not Mariano Rivera related, but we would be remiss if we did not mention that Derek Jeter has announced that 2014 will be his final season. He posted a letter on his Facebook page explaining the decision.

When I reflected on Mariano Rivera's retirement, I mentioned that Derek Jeter was always my favorite player. I've always joked that when Jeter retired, that would be the end of my childhood.

What a tremendous career, what a tremendous example that he, like Mr. Rivera, set for others to follow. Congratulations Mr. Jeter and may you have a great, successful 2014 season.
Posted by: Patrick's Bryan Hoch reports that Mariano Rivera, as well as teammate Andy Pettitte, were presented the "Toast of the Town" award by the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA). They were introduced by Joe Torre and Gene Michael.

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