Mariano Rivera has been receiving nothing but praise since retiring from the game of baseball. It started well before he actually played his last game, as many teams honored him throughout the 2013 season. He was also the recipient of quite the moment during this year’s All Star game in New York. During his final week, Metallica even played him out the mound with his theme song ‘Enter Sandman’.
Since he’s retired, Rivera was honored before game two of the World Series (in Boston) and now it looks like he’s taken a permanent place in New York City. Check out this picture, which shows a street in NYC that’s be renamed for the legendary closer:
This is no doubt a really cool gesture, as it will ingrain Rivera into the actual city and not just New York Yankees‘ history.
When it comes to the Yankees in 2014, they’ll be left without the greatest closer of all time. There’s no exact word yet on who will take Rivera’s spot, but early speculation is that they’ll bring a free agent in to fill the void. However, you can scratch Brian Wilson off that list, as he’s refused to negotiate with the Yankees because of their facial hair policy. ‘The Beard’ isn’t willing to drop his trademark facial hair just to be allowed to wear the famous pinstripes.
One thing is for sure, whoever takes Rivera’s spot, has their work cut out for them in a big way.